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.

Some personnel changes were made at the 2020 AGM held after the NW Hobart Socialgaine. Sadly, we are saying goodbye and thanks to our Secretary Sally Wayte who is now concentrating on Orienteering Tasmania responsibilities, and also to our Vice President and Equipment Officer Adele Winslow who is saying goodbye to RT committee duties after a mere 17 years. Thanks to Robyn Tuft for stepping into the role of Vice President and to Liz Canning who is our new secretary.

We’d like to welcome Ciara Smart to the committee. Ciara is one of RT’s top competitors. She has taken on the role of RT’s Australian Rogaining Association representative and is one of the organisers for the 2020 Vision Metrogaine.

 

We are creating a consolidated archive of maps for all previous RT events. If you have a box full of dusty unwanted rogaine maps that you would like to contribute to this project, please contact me. We can either keep the map for the library or scan the map and return it to you.

Please stay healthy. We want to see you, your family members and friends at rogaines when the pandemic is behind us.

Gary Carroll (RT President - )

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.