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Terrific Twilight!

What a terrific event the twilight rogaine is proving to be. There were over 300 participants/117 teams at Saturday nights 3 hour event held at Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. This included 7 junior and 11 family teams. At the other end of the scale, there were 3 ultravet teams. There was also an uncounted but large number of teams from the ANU and 6 teams from Narrabundah college. Although it was pretty dark by the end, most people seemed to be smiling from the glow of white teeth by torch light.

 

Jon Glanville set a fabulous course that the ACTRA committee thought was maybe too big - not so, according to the 6 teams who cleared the course with 1570 points! Jon is a novice rogaine setter and was ably assisted by veteran rogainer, Glenn Bridgart. Matthew Crane and Rob Walter were pipped at the post for line honours by Martin Dent and Mark Bourne, clearing the course in an impressive 2:12 and 2:13. Julie Quinn and David Baldwin were the best of the veterans with 1560 points and women's open went to An Ren Chen and Wendy Emerton with 1170 points. Zoe Melhuish, Ella Cuthbert and David Stocks claimed the junior honours with 1060 points and with 640 points, the ultravets went to Colleen Mock and Barbara Martin. The family category was won by Nick and Henry Lheude and Lisa Cutfield with 810 points.

But the overall winners of the day were the volunteers who managed to take half an hour out of a super busy schedule to enjoy pizzas and a chat. Those fiddly cloth wrist tags made for a busy admin run! Thanks goes to Anne Sawkins, Jenny Arnold, Jaqui Poldy, Glenn, Jon, Mischa Saunders and Rowan Edwards who made the day go so smoothly. Thanks too to Julie Quinn who cut up a lifetimes supply of watermelon on a hot Saturday afternoon and Gail Sutton for the map.

 

Preliminary results can be found here. See you all at our next 2018 event, the Paddy Pallin.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 February 2018 19:36
 
South Coast glory for ACT Champions

Dane Roberts, helped by the other setters and vetters Jonathan Miller, Graham Atkins, Keith Conley and Tom Brazier, set a course to amaze and challenge everyone. Rogainers in both the 8 and 24 hr events were able to sample the amazing Murramarang National Park's tall spotted gums, rainforest vines and palms, coastal scenery (including orcas offshore), and ticks. Some teams crossed under the highway to the South Brooman State Forest to find open shady gullies and dry spurs.

Congratulations to Harry Andrews and Thomas Larkin who won the 8 hr event from Lee Rice and Craig Cowan. Congratulations to David Baldwin and Julie Quinn who are the 2017 ACT Champions (overall). Ronnie Taib and David Williams are the 2017 ACT Mens Champions and Ellen Braybon and Nicole Mealing are the 2017 Womens Champions. Special mention to the super effort of our Victorian friends Merv Trease and Vic Sedunary who took out the Mens Ultravet, Mens Supervet, Mens Vets and were second in the Open Mens! Other winners and preliminary results are on the event page, photos on the Smugmug site, and Strava Fly-bys of some teams.

Thank you to all the other helpers Glenn Bridgart, Jiaying Goh, Mark Jenkins.


 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 November 2017 06:54
 
Winners everywhere at the day/night/cycle

There were so many categories at the rogaine events over this event, that you almost had to opt out to not be placed in one. Kirrikee in the southern highlands was dubbed the hash house of the century with hot showers, flushing toilets and comfy stretchers in the fixed tents. It was a champion way to celebrate Father's Day, with super weather and a varied course. Special mention to the ANU students (almost 200 of them) who navigated the night course with an interesting array of head torches and who brought with them a fabulous youthful enthusiasm. ANU followed up with a 2nd overall in the night event - Brad Carron Arthur, Oliver Lilford and Anthony Ricci. Lee Rice, Dane Roberts and Tom Brazier took out star of the event award winning overall on Saturday night and managing to clear the course on bikes on Sunday (2nd overall behind Seb Dunne and rogainer novice Adam Franklin). Also clearing the course by bike were Julie Quinn and David Baldwin (1st mixed veteran, 3rd overall). The day foot course was won by Thomas Etheridge and William Tribe.  Links to the results and photos.

Michael Reed's race report and Greg Bacon's race report are attached.

Thanks goes to course setter Steve Hanley, vetters Andrew Rowe, Gail Sutton and Graham. Also to Brad Vallette who coordinated the ANU students admirably, Glenn Bridgart, Lisa Cutfield, Keira Doherty, Tom Banks and Pat Meithke. The Hartley team did their usual stirling job with catering and fun was had by all. See you at our last event of the year on 4th November, the ACT champs.

Attachments:
Download this file (17cycle-GregBacon.pdf)17cycle-GregBacon.pdf[Race report - Greg Bacon]106 Kb
Download this file (Night-cyclegaine2017.pdf)Night-cyclegaine2017.pdf[Race report - Michael Reed]5403 Kb
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:40
 
Cracking day for the metrogaine

Canberra turned on another stunning late winter day for the metrogaine – this time through the city's western suburbs between the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Participants enjoyed expansive views from north Weston over the new Molonglo Valley suburbs, and most managed to navigate through Weston Creek and Kambah between the coffee stops. Family teams discovered that children's playgrounds have come a long way over the decades (since some of us started rogaining anyway), but Stephen Goggs’s diverting course also offered the time-honoured challenge of scaling the heights of the Canberra Nature Park at Mt Arawang, Mt Taylor and McQuoid's Hill in Tuggeranong. Special mentions go to overall winner Martin Dent, Women’s Open winner Susie Sprague, Colleen Mock – whose score gave her 4th 2nd and two 1st places in different age classes, and the unsung but thoroughly wet heroics of 14th placed Graham Atkins, who managed to rescue his daypack from floating down the Molonglo River but not his map – tricky problem when you are in a solo team! Look here for provisional results and here for photos of the event.

Thanks to all who made the day happen including setters/vetters, Stephen Goggs and Alex Tyson, on the day helpers and caterers, Hartley Lifecare.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 20:34
 
Super turn out for the night rogaines

Almost 500 people braved the elements on Friday and Saturday nights to attend the rogaines this weekend, the lions share from ANU. Star of the  weekend award goes to Ella Cuthbert, David Stocks and Zoe Melhuish who as the only junior team, came in 5th overall and beat all the ANU teams from the night before. Martin Dent and Rob Walter managed to clear the course in 2:45 and top honours in the ANU category went to William Tribe and Thomas Etheridge. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Thanks goes to setters and vetters, Owen Cameron, Brad Vallette and Tom Brazier for a great course. Thanks also to caterers, Hartley Lifecare and event coordinator, Lee Rice who did a fabulous job managing an unexpectedly big field. And who can forget all those on the day helpers who made it all run so smoothly. See you all at our next event, the metrogaine.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 13:37
 
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