Preliminary results are now available for the Spring 6/12.
Congratulations to all the springy rogaine teams. Ivan Koudashev and Xanda Kolesnikow won the 12 hour event and the 6 hour winners were Sarah and Mary Fien. Everyone enjoyed a dry day and, for the 12 hour teams, some wonderful moonlight. However, there were a lot of wet and muddy shoes at the finish. Check out the photos here
Many teams saw snakes and (unfortunately) feral horses. The orchids had just started to flower and kept some teams on their toes trying to avoid stepping on them.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped run the event, and the control collectors who also had a beautiful sunny day on Sunday. Also thanks to Hartley crew who kept us all fed and even made a very yummy breakfast on Sunday morning.
A few teams managed to get lost driving out to the event. This stemmed from following google advice rather than the “how to get there” in the final instructions on our website. Please don’t take google “shortcuts”! And remember we will always put a rogaine sign at major turnoffs.
If you lost a bag of highlighters, a hammer or enamel mug contact Jean.
The Twilight 3-hour rogaine will be a mix of urban nature park and a bit of metrogaine in south Canberra. The course will feature some of our nature parks in Waniassa Hills and Issacs Ridge as well as taking in nearby suburbs. Leanne, Ross, Sandy and Wayne are keen to show you what they have found.
by David Baldwin
After the disruptions of recent years due to border closures and lockdowns, this year’s champs looked good. While the weekend of the event turned on perfect conditions, torrential rains in the days prior created major problems for the organisers, nearly causing cancellation and created challenging navigation to the HH pre-event with flooded roads requiring impromptu detours. By Friday evening the rain had stopped and the campsites were not too damp, with only a few cars getting bogged. The HH site had been relocated from a farmer’s paddock to open bushland in state forest. There were wildflowers everywhere as we set up tents in the fading light and cooked our dinner, then had an early night after a long day on the road.
Victoria and the Australian Rogaining Champs has a special connection for both Julie and I. We each won our first Aus Champs in Victoria, for me in 1999 at Shelley and Julie in 2006 at Barkly only 15km away. This was my 23rd Aus Champs as a competitor, 23 years since 1999 when none of the under 23 teams would have been born!