2020 Paddy Pallin report

20PPnewsphotoThe event explored the most southern suburbs of Canberra including Mt Tuggeranong and the Murrumbidgee River corridor. 100 point controls tempted teams to the north of the course on the hills around Waniassa.

Overall winners were Julie Quinn and David Baldwin, only 50 points ahead of Elena Koudasheva and Ivan Koudashev. Results are now available. Also Strava Fly-by

Many thanks to the organisers and setters Fergus Macleod, Greg Hosking, Charlie Henshaw, Jean Douglass, Ron Simpson, Miranda and Rhianna Sherley, Brad Vallette and Benita Sommerville. Of special note, the course as a metrogaine was about the fourth option of a site for this event after challenges with site access and areas being burnt - many thanks to the organisers!

ACTRA Annual General Meeting - 1 March 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the ACT Rogaining Association will be held on Sunday 1 March 2020 at approximately 4:20 pm, after the end of the Paddy Pallin 6 hr rogaine, at the site of the Hash House Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre, Condor ACT. The AGM Agenda, 2019 AGM minutes, audited annual accounts and Vice-President's report are attached. One copy will be available on the day for viewing, otherwise please read these beforehand. Nominations for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and General Committee positions are welcome beforehand (please contact Julie) or on the day.

2020 ACT Draft Calendar

Draft ACT calendar for 2020 - details to be confirmed.



Proposed date





Postponed until


Claire Edwards

Jon Glanville

Paddy Pallin


Sun 1 Mar

Fergus Macleod

Greg Hosking

ACT Champs

8 & 24 hr

Sat 21 Mar

Julie Quinn

Julie Quinn
David Baldwin
Jean Douglass
Ron Simpson
David Singleton
Andrew Rowe

Australasian Rogaining Champs 24 hr 9-10 May SA Rogaining  



Sun 12 Jul

Tom Banks

Tom Fitzgerald



Sun 16 Aug

Jiaying Goh




Sat 12 Sep
Sun 13 Sep

Stephen Goggs

Jonathan Fearn
Ciaran Lane


6 & 12hr

Sat 11 Oct

Jean Douglass

Jean Douglass
Ron Simpson

Rogaining calendar changes

Many of the bush areas that we rogaine in have been burnt with the bushfires over this summer. This is particularly tragic for the animals and plants that are part of what makes these areas so special. But for you as a rogainer this means there are far fewer areas that we can rogaine in, at least in the short term.

ACTRA has reshuffled our rogaining calendar for 2020 to make use of areas we can access at, hopefully, a safer time of the year. The year will now kick of with the Paddy Pallin 6 hr event, which will be in a metrogaine style on 1 March 2020.

We hope to be able to bring you a 6 hour event "Back to the Bay" at the coast using the area north of Bateman's Bay including Murramurang National Park in mid-May. More details once we have been able to contact the rangers.

The Twilight event scheduled for February is now a twilight/night event in June - bring your beanie instead of a sweat band but you will still need your torch.

The ACT Champs had been set in a beautiful area of northern Kosciuzsko National Park and we may be able to visit that area in a couple of years as we suspect it has not been very badly impacted. Instead we will make our spring event an 8 and 24 hour event in Yanununbeyan National Park.

Spring wrap-up

The spring rogaine has been sprung.

Some 225 people enjoyed the cool and slightly damp conditions at the ACT Spring rogaine in Bungonia National Park.  The memorable wins for the event were the family teams.  The Lamont family won the category in the 6 hour event with 1290 points. Sam and his mate Angus took Adrian Sheppard for a 12 hour adventure and won the family category with 1870 points.  Also well done to the young women's team of Zoe Terrill, Natalie Miller and Justine Hobson who won the women's category in the 6 hour event with 1100 points. Two teams cleared the course in the 12 hour event - Julie and David came in 30 minutes before Gill Fowler and Phil Whitten.  Mike Hotchkis and Joel Mackay came close, but they had the special treat of seeing a koala running along the ground near control 91.

Thanks to all the volunteers for this event and all the events during 2019.  Special thanks too for the volunteers from Hartley Life Care who feed us during and after events.

Lost property

If you are missing a house key or a small compass, get in contact with Jean on 6248 9874.