ACTRA is heading to Murramurang National Park on 12 and 13th of September for a six hour rogaine based at Durras.
Come along for some open bush, spectacular rocky headlands and beaches. The course setters have explored some swampy areas and we are staying well clear of those! Keep an eye on the event page for details as we will need to be flexible with the number of people. We are aiming to offer the event on both Saturday and Sunday. We encourage you to spend the whole weekend at the coast and support local businesses (but not for too long - spend your time on the beach and in the bush).
It’s been a long time between drinks for bush rogaining in the ACT, so we made sure the first event for 2020 made up for it by being extra wet. Saturday night competitors were treated to a rainy start, but despite numerous promises to be back within a few hours, most teams stayed the course once the showers ceased.
By Sunday morning it was a different story, and the large field of runners and cyclists, young and old, enjoyed a fair-weather but mud-spattered exploration of Kowen Forest East and the expanse of pine plantations south of the Kings Highway on Sparrow Hill. Team Reed’s impressive 1520 points in the 5hr overnight event was only eclipsed over 6 hours next day by two teams on foot, with Tom Banks and Isabella Comfort (2060) taking overall honours. On the bikes ACTRA committee members Brad Vallette and Fergus McLeod (2200) were the only other team to crack the 2000 mark.
Full results are available here. Thanks to everyone not only for returning to rogaining, but also for being understanding and compliant with our COVID-19 arrangements. Thanks too for great course-setting and vetting (also in the rain, just to be fair) from Jono Fearn, Ciaran Lane and Dane Roberts. Lots of photos from the event available here!
Kowen Forest 2.0 – the MapRun sequel
With the real bush event now run and won at Kowen Forest, it’s time to get out there with your smartphone for the MapRun version (go to MapRunF/Select event/ACT/Rogaine/ACTRA Day Night Cycle Virtual 6 Hour). Hard copy A3 maps to pair with the app are available from Paddy Pallin, Braddon now, or you can print at home as 2 x A4 maps from the ACTRA website here.
Control flags and punches are being removed, but we’re leaving the pink tapes up until 12 September so you can enjoy the course again and again in your own time.
Will you run, will you cycle? Will there be more squelching? Post your experiences to Facebook to let us know how you go out there.