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Go West Virtualgaine
From Saturday 28 May 2022
To Monday 13 June 2022

22 virtualMetroGo West is a virtual 4-hour rogaine in Western Creek, Canberra. It includes bush areas in the Molonglo River corridor, Mount Stromlo, Narrabundah Hill and Cooleman Ridge, as well as the suburbs from Denman Prospect to Fisher. The start location is at Duffy Oval, right in the centre of the map, which gives you lots of options for course planning, especially if you want to enter multiple times.

It’s a virtual event, which means that you can take part at any time between Saturday 28 May and midnight on Monday 13 June. The course uses the MapRun app on your phone or watch to record your visits to control sites; there are no controls flags. (The course will still be available on MapRun after the closing date, but you won’t be included in the official results.) You can compete individually or as a team.

The following links will provide you with PDF versions of the map, control descriptions and course setters notes. Make sure you download all three documents. Teslin copies of the map, control descriptions and paper copies of the course setters notes can be picked up from the Paddy Pallin store in Lonsdale Street until supplies run out (there are 400 copies, so hopefully enough for everyone).

Go West Virtualgaine map

Go West Virtualgaine control descriptions

Go West Virtualgaine course setters notes

You will need the latest version of the MapRun app installed on your phone. See the virtual events page for instructions and a link to download the app.


Brief notes on the event

Please read the full notes too.

The start point is at Duffy oval, at the path junction on the eastern side of the carpark where a short path leads to the amenities building on the oval. The course has 45 controls worth a total of 2250 points. The controls are spread over a wider area than at last year’s Mount Ainslie virtualgaine. The distance to clear the entire course is about 38 km. You may be able to get 2000 points for about 30 km travel. Because there are no control flags, you'll need to navigate carefully and pay attention to the control descriptions, which give precise locations.

For a successful, safe and fair event:

  • Keep out of private property. In particular, the area marked in purple on the west side of the map is explicitly out of bounds, so plan your route accordingly.
  • The cycle and running tracks at Stromlo Forest Park are also marked in purple and out of bounds. Control 54 can be approached from the east or north via gates on Uriarra Road.
  • Obviously residential land is also out of bounds – do not go across people’s gardens.
  • Do not try to wade across the Molonglo River. Access to controls 50, 74 and 100 is only via the bridges at 61 and south of 50.
  • Cross roads with care. Use crossings, underpasses or traffic lights where possible, especially on Hindmarsh Drive, John Gorton Drive and Streeton Drive.
  • In the Mount Stromlo area, watch out for mountain bikes, and avoid using mountain bike tracks. Take care wherever bike tracks cross the main tracks. In particular, be very careful if using the track that goes NNE from 71 where it crosses the spur – bikes cross the track very fast and are hidden by a tunnel.
  • Cows grazing on Narrabundah Hill have made the ground soft and muddy, so take care approaching controls 60 and 80. The cows are reportedly friendly though.
  • Apart from your phone or watch running the MapRun app, GPS instruments, altimeters and pedometers are not allowed. You may only use the map provided and your compass.
  • You must complete the course on foot. Bikes and other means of transport are not allowed.

You’re responsible for your own safety. As this is a virtual event, there is no first aid or other support available from ACTRA. So plan as you would normally for a run or bushwalk. Make sure you carry enough water for your needs.

Have fun and take photos or write a short story for us to share. Send contributions to Julie for this event page, photo gallery and newsletter. We will attempt to have a bit of ongoing commentary about teams/scores to beat and other interesting snippets on the ACTRA Facebook page during the event.

enter event edit entry team list

Location Duffy Oval, Duffy
Julie Quinn via Committee contacts page
 Coordinator  Julie Quinn
 Setters and Vetters  Jon Glanville
 First Aid  Self administered
 General Help  Not required
 Catering  Self catered