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My Take on the Wetrogaine

ACT Metrogaine, 30th May 2010
Ian Booth, posted on 1st Jun 2010

From the inside of the cosy time capsule which was our hash house in the Scouts Hall, my sentiments varied from envy for the hardy competitors out in the exciting elements to frustration that their enjoyment was being ruined as the rain got heavier and the temperatures kept falling.

I need not have worried. Most of those who stayed for the 5 hours came back in good spirits and in far better shape than their control cards. And the extra time taken to reconstruct the worst cards and decipher punch and pen marks enabled the returnees/ refugees to dry out and warm up. Was this the first rogaine at which the electric heater took the place of the wood fire?! The catering, from Canberra Outriggers, was first rate.

Interestingly, a very sizeable minority of the 70-odd teams were individuals who took advantage of ACTRA's trialling of an Individual category - just for Metrogaines. And the outright winner Jeremy Reading - did go solo. Another interesting feature of this year's Metrogaine was the high number of new faces and also older faces who hadn't rogained for many years. Several babies and infants also competed. This omens well for our sport's membership base.

Lots of people were complimentary of Jasmine's and Craig's course. It was challenging in its scope and route options, while site locations were both fair and historically and scenically interesting. Given the weather only a handful of competitors got more than half the points on offer, most preferring the northern and western parts of the map. Not many got further south than Southlands or onto the Isaacs Ridge in the south-east.

Hope to see you all at Metrogaine 2011.

Ian Booth
Event Coordinator

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