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Barkley the Koala at Bournda

bike.jpgI woke up on Saturday morning to the sound of Bell birds chirping in the trees down at the south coast. It was going to be a beautiful day. After looking around at the bush I knew it would be a long and hard day, so I contemplated taking a bike. But I had a small reach problem.

My party and I were aiming to tackle the northern high point circuit during daylight hours, return to the Hash house and go out on a shorter loop with ample aiming off and catching features during the dark hours.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 20:07
Barkley's US Adventures!

The ACTRA rogaining koala mascot, Barkley, has made a video of his recent exploits in the United States attending the World Rogaining Champs in Black Hills, South Dakota in August 2014.

Barkley attended the event with Julie Quinn and David Baldwin (who ended up coming 6th overall, 2nd Mixed Veterans/3rd Mixed Open), Ron Simpson and Jean Douglass. The rogaine had lots of areas of fallen timber and high thistles to dodge but it was great to be part of an event with teams from all around the world. Barkley even got to help a lost Russian team!

This lively crew from the ACT also took Barkley on adventures in the Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado where he met chipmunks and squirrels, as well explore multiple high passes in the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone and Grant Teton National Parks.

Check out the video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHLqAxD3rbk.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 16:28
The Wintery Woden Wander

Around 130 har2014_Metro.jpgdy souls braved the dire weather predictions to take part in the 'Woden Wander' - the 2014 6hr metrogaine on Sunday 17 August 2014. It did turn out to be a cold and wet day but was saved by the fact we had the Garran Scout Hall to shelter in for map preparations at the start, and to eat the delicious food put on by the Scouts and hear results at the end of the day. For those that braved the cold they enjoyed jumping the many puddles and climbing the hills to see the great views that the Woden Valley offers. Perhaps a few people found some spots they may not have known existed prior to the event such as the pink Hindu temple in Mawson and the Woden Valley Flood Memorial.

2014_Metro2.jpgThe overall winner was Rob Walter, who cleared the course in under five hours. Susie Sprague won the Women's Open category with Clare Lonergan and Kieran Macdonell winning the Mixed Open. The Junior category was hotly contested by Ciaran Lane and Jesse Piiroinen, with Ciaran taking the honours on this occasion. Tara Sutherland and Ella Cuthbert won the family category.

Full results can be found here. Photos are also up in our gallery. Thanks once again to John Harding for sharing his snaps, especially those taken out on the course.

A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped make it all possible: Benita, Troy, Dan, Dane, Ron, Dave, Julie, Sean, Colin and Colleen.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 16:33
2014 Mid-Winter Event Wrap Up

checkpoint 46A gloriously sunny day greeted the 200 competitors of the winter 4 hour rogaine "Jumping the Puddles" at Googong Dam on Sunday 13th July. The frost had cleared by the time teams headed off from the woolshed on an enjoyable course set by Andrew Rowe (with assistance from Peter Young and Clare Lonergan). Controls led teams to surprising and spectacular views across the dam and Queanbeyan River.

The overall winners were Matthew Crane and Thomas Brazier with 1070 points (pictured right).Winners Matt Crane and Tom Brazier Lee Rice, Michael McCluskey and Charlotte Peterson won the Mixed Open, while Gail Sutton and Phoebe Chadwick-Masters won the Women’s Open. Congratulations to all the other winner too - Jo Andrews and Peter Fogarty (Men’s Veterans), Carol Harding and Pat Miethke (Women’s Veterans), Graham Atkins and Karen Trutwein (Mixed Veterans), John Harding and Monika Short (Mixed Superveterans) and Anne Sawkins and Ann Stewart (Women’s Superveterans).The junior and family categories were won by the Pirroinens (both on 600 points) with bragging rights going to the juniors Jesse and Christian coming in 13 minutes earlier than Ari, Madeleine and Bryn.

Check out the full results, event photos in the ACTRA gallery and a short video compiled by Laure Gauthiez-Puttallaz (team 71).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:57
Tri-logaine triumph

Night winners

The moon shone brightly on the 86 folks who ventured out into Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill for the nightgaine.  Kathy and Anne (sole entants last year) had some stiff competition, although they won the women's supevets category with Parissa's help.  Craig Cowan (alias Kowen) and Paul Imhoff were the overall winners with 1550 points (pictured right).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:06
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