By Susan Gardner.
After competing in a metrogaine around 2 years ago with my husband and bushwalking friend John, he asked if we would like to do a rogaine. We were a little apprehensive at first but thought why not try something new.
The venue at Murrayfield on Bruny Island was a bonus, I had stayed there several times with bushwalkers and scouts. We soon signed up and received our information packs. As we are all over 65, we were put in the ultra-veterans class.
Arriving at Murrayfield on the Saturday morning we saw a mass of people of all ages and the tents of people who had stayed overnight. We picked up our maps and sat down to plan our route for the 6-hour course. We decided on a route towards the south that took in coastal scenery and the church ruins where we have walked several times. This involved finding 15 checkpoints.
By Peter and Robyn Tuft.
We have cycled regularly on Bruny because we live nearby, and every time we rode through some part of North Bruny we couldn’t help thinking how perfect it seemed for rogaining because of its undulating terrain divided between pasture and delightfully open forest. As all competitors now know it is indeed ideal for a rogaine, with the added bonus of the glorious eastern coastline.
Setting a rogaine has many interesting challenges, one of which is deciding on the length of the course. Ideally the setters want to tempt elite teams to collect every checkpoint, but to put that target just out of reach. Setting more checkpoints than anyone can reach is just wasted effort. In this case we almost got that right - one team did get the lot, but only one. Congratulations to John McComb and Ian Parker for cleaning-up by travelling 66kms in just 10 hours 25 mins. Also congratulations to Oskar Bucirde and Joseph Dickinson who won the 6-hr.
The “weetapoona wander” is now all done, to the great satisfaction of both participants and organisers. Judging by the feedback received everyone seemed delighted with the scenery and the course. The warm thanks received by the organisers (Peter & Robyn Tuft) justify the efforts needed to hold the event.
Events like this can’t be run without the support of a large crew of volunteers who do everything from negotiating with landowners to setting the course to running admin to cleaning up the hash house after it’s all over. Rogaining Tasmania is immensely grateful to all of them.
RT is also grateful to the landowners involved in the event. Particularly to Murrayfield Station and the Weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation for access to their beautiful property but also to other private land owners/managers: Leigh Davis, Dianne Veda, Deb Clarke, Leigh Blackwell, Peter Schwartz & Richard Clarke.
12 h first overall: John McComb and Ian Parker (pictured)
6 h first overall: Joe Dickinson and Oskar Bucirde
Full results are available at https://rt.asn.au/event-results. You can see the checkpoint sequence on the map of every team at https://rogaine-results.com. There were some punch failures so if you see any odd legs that skip checkpoints that may be the reason.
Teams can upload their GPS track and view the tracks of other teams at https://www.rt.asn.au/events/routegadget
Photos from the event including category winners can be viewed at https://photos.app.goo.gl/c46gmyzFEY1isjKN6
Planning and course setting is well under way for our next bush event, on North Bruny Island, and we are delighted with the area. Most of the course is on Murrayfield Station which is a complex blend of sheep paddocks and lovely open forest. A highlight is the rarely-accessible east coast of Bruny, where rolling pasture drops abruptly into Storm Bay, but the course also extends to the west coast and the waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The hash house is at Murrayfield homestead, near the red shearing shed in the photo. Put it in your diary!
The Annual General Meeting of Rogaining Tasmania will be held at Hobart Archers, Roches Beach Road, Lauderdale on Sunday 29 November 2020 at 4.30 pm following the completion of the Hit or Miss Metrogaine.
1. Attendance and apologies
2. Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting
3. President’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Office Bearers
- Vice Presidents (2)
- Committee (up to six)
6. Other business
8 October 2020