A lot of work - and a lot of fun - goes in to putting on a rogaine. This was my second time setting an event using the same map extent, and despite living on the map, and having lived (and run) in the Kingston area the majority of my life, I still learnt things and discovered places I’d never been to before. Having three of us – Gary, Ciara and I – to share the setting and vetting made the load very manageable.
This event was a bit longer in the planning than it might otherwise have been, thanks to Covid, but having an earlier-changed-to-later event date meant I had more time to procrastinate… ahem, I mean to carefully split my setting and vetting into lots of small trips. This was convenient for me living on the map – I could go out on a state-sanctioned Covid exercise excursion and set a checkpoint or two, and then pop out before dinner and vet a nearby checkpoint some weeks later.
Our team of three approached the setting task by dividing the map up into sections, with each of us responsible for setting within our allocated areas. This was my first time using Avenza Maps (a smartphone mapping app) for setting, which was a really convenient and satisfying way of doing it (although Gary was the one collating all the information exported from Avenza and doing all the mapping, so I know that was also a large part of what made it easy for me – thanks Gary!)
By Jon McComb
Pulling up to the skate park in Blackmans Bay, we were greeted by a beautiful morning – perfect weather for rogaining around Kingborough’s beachside suburbs. My lovely wife and previous rogaine partner said I had to find someone else for this one as she was washing her hair. So I was fortunate to end up with Ian, whose regular partner was busted and seemed pretty happy to rein in his pace to match mine. In fact he was so blasé about the prospect of running 4 hours with me he went for a kayak in the morning.
I was looking forward to a solid run and breaking out of my usual running routes around the neighbourhood. With years of local running I figured we could cover about 40km depending on how hilly we made it. I think route planning before the start is a really fun but underappreciated part of rogaining. The fancy cardboard, pin and string set-ups used by a few experienced teams at the last rogaine caught my eye, so I brought all the bits along. What I discovered is that it takes next level coordination to manage everything in a breeze. As we plotted our route we reached the end of the string and still hadn’t covered all the controls… this was not a good sign. Our route to collect the lot would have been about 48km so unless we grew wings, we were going to have to drop some controls.
Congratulations to 2020 Vision overall winners Jon McComb and Ian Parker. They travelled 41kms with 1000m of climb, visiting 47 of the 59 checkpoints available in (very slightly over) 4 hours. Simon Allen and Karen Wild-Allen were first mixed. Janet and Sue Hancock came first womens.
All the results are at https://rt.asn.au/event-results
If you were carrying a GPS, you can add your route to RouteGadget, or just have a look to see where other teams went. Instructions are at https://rt.asn.au/events/routegadget
Take a look at the photos taken at the event by Adele Winslow.
There is a great deal of uncertainty as to what the future may hold, although it is very likely that the rate of infection will escalate as will restrictions imposed by authorities.
Running a rogaine, whether metropolitan or in the countryside, creates difficult health and logistical challenges. Holding an event during the outbreak is likely to attract drastically fewer entrants, but more importantly it would be socially irresponsible. We must do our part to slow the spread of the virus.
Rogaining Tasmania has little choice but to join the chorus of other organisations who will not be holding events for the foreseeable future. Events will resume as soon as practical after the restrictions and risks have passed.
Gary Carroll (RT President)
23 March 2020.
Julie and I had been looking forward to returning to Tassie since we'd ridden from Launceston via Bay of Fires down the east coast in January 2018, passing through some of the forest in the coastal hinterland thinking what a great area it would be for rogaining. Add to that the opportunity to bring our MTBs and do a bit more riding after the event, it was a no-brainer.
Overall Winners David Baldwin & Julie Quinn
The drive up the Fingal valley on Friday saw snow on the hill tops. At least we weren't going to overheat. After the ARA AGM we headed to Binalong Bay to the house we were sharing with Jeannie Douglass and Ron Simpson and enjoyed a roast dinner they'd whipped up - perfect! Julie made some strawberry pancakes to eat during the event and we were all set for the rogaine.
Sunday 16th February 2020
10 am start from John Doggett Park in West Hobart
Rogaining is a strategy sport for everyone, conducted on foot in teams of two to five people. Using a purpose-made map marked with check points of differing points values, the aim is to devise a route to visit as many locations as possible and correctly answer the related clue to gather points, all within a set time limit.
This is a pleasant event with an energetic emphasis on participation, houses, history, art, and some oddities around parts of North Hobart and West Hobart. The course area is bounded roughly by Letitia Street, Wilson Street, Mt Stuart Road, Landsdowne Crescent and Patrick Street, with a few ups and downs in the terrain.
By Paul Liggins
The moral of the story: if you've just finished a hard run, gasping for breath and not thinking straight, and Gary Carroll approaches, walk away as fast as you possibly can.
When Gary asked if I was interested in helping with a rogaine, my oxygen-depleted brain thought (a) I've done about a dozen rogaines so (b) its about time I did my bit and (c) its a long way off so there's plenty of time and anyway (d) how hard can it be? Thus, somewhat rashly I said yes, immediately recognising my error when I saw the look of surprise in Gary's eyes.
Gary applied his skills of the dark arts and magically came up with a base map. I applied my special skill, procrastinating, leaving it to Easter to do map refinement and corrections. Then two days before Easter I hurt my back and spent all my allotted mapping and course setting time lying on the floor watching Fox Sports.
By Allan Hood
Tom, Mick and myself teamed up for the recent 6 hour rogaine, held in perfect - even warm ? - autumn weather.
We had initially planned a clockwise loop going to Fern Tree first, but the lure of big points in Sandy Bay as well as faster terrain, prompted us to start with Mount Nelson and continue in a large anti-clockwise loop, giving lots of zig zag options back through the Waterworks and Ridgeway.
Our first hour netted a good 8 controls for 330 points, and just on 10km covered (downhill assisted!) as we made our way back onto Churchill Avenue.
Results for this event have been posted
Kome along to kunanyi kapers on Sunday May 19 for 6 or 3 hours of rogaining goodness with the bonus of a hash house only 10 minutes from Hobart CBD. You can sleep in and still make the 10am start. There's no lengthy drive home afterwards, meaning less time in the kar stewing about why you couldn't find checkpoint 100. (You won't be able to blame it on the map or the checkpoint setting - this event will be mapped and vetted to an inch of its life). The rogaine will kover the forest and established network of tracks and suburban fringe stretching across the front of Mt Wellington - from Mt Nelson in the south to Tolosa St Reservoir in the north. There will be excellent views of Hobart, the ever-tempting lure of the pub at Fern Tree and koffee van at The Springs. For those so inclined there will be plenty of opportunities to get some ascent and descent, but there will also be options to take routes that sidle across the hill.
Click this link to access the entry form. Entries close 11:59pm, Tuesday 14th May 2019.
2018 was a good year for us: six 24-hour rogaines (including the 29 hour Bush Search and Rescue NSW Navshield). It was going to be five, ending with the NZ Champs in Dunedin, but with the horrible weather combined with the rugged terrain it turned into the toughest we’ve ever done. Back in Sydney two days later, still bummed with our performance, we made a last-minute decision to enter ‘Return of the Oysters Rogaine’ the following weekend.
24hr event winners
We flew to Hobart after work Friday night, had a comfortable sleep in a lovely B&B in Sorell, picked up some treats from the Dunalley bakery Saturday morning.
The nostalgia I had felt about returning to Bangor after events in ‘98 and ‘03 had nearly entirely evaporated as I stepped on or near my tenth snake for the day with no water left, and another five checkpoints to hang. The beauty of the northern farmland and the beaches a distant memory as I pushed on through the scrub in the south. Looking at the map on the kitchen table it all seemed so straight forward…