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…
December 1st saw competitors head to the Bangor farm to revisit an area previously used in 1998 & 2003 to compete in either the 24 hour, roving 15-hour event and 6-hour events.
The course saw those entered taking in scenic soaring coastal cliffs, beaches, historic monuments, broad acre paddocks, the occasional burnt out Hyundai Excel, and if they got your timing right, a cheeky stop for oysters and coffee. The link to the event results is below.
By Hugh Fitzgerald
Initially planned to be a 24 hour event, a mix of thick scrub and limited land access saw the Run Rheban Run Rogaine trimmed down to 6 and 12 hour events. Confronted with such a small map, we decided to infill the area with controls. This had two benefits: it increased course planning decisions (gratifying for setters) and made many legs to nearest control less than 1 km (gratifying for competitors). The final map excluded the worst areas of scrub, but there were still minor patches here and there. Inevitably, a few teams came in with vegetation horror stories.
There were 117 entrants in the event, with an unusual distribution of 31 teams in the 6-hour and only 19 teams in the 12-hour. All teams were off at 11 am, at which point the organisers started eyeing off all the wine and chocolate lying about. Some thought was put into replenishing water drops, preparing a bonfire for after dark (thanks to Mick Cooper), and patting the friendly dogs from down the road.
Rod started rogaining in 1998 and very quickly became involved in event organisation. He has been the lead organiser of 6 events, these are 2001 Me’an, 2003 Bangor Revisited, 2007 Picturegaine, 2010 Picturegaine, 2012 August Amble and 2013 Mt Murray. For the Mt Murray event he did the landowner contacts, the majority of the field work and drew the map as well.
Rogaine Tasmania stalwarts Ross Kelly, Rod Bilson and Adele Winslow at a frosty RT shed clean out in July 2017