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 Toni Bachvarova and Andrew Smith

24hr event winners Toni Bachvarova and Andrew Smith

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…

Ron Frederick (L) and Don Baker (R) planning.
Ron Frederick (L) and Don Baker (R) planning.

The 2018 Australasian Rogaining Champs were held at Manumbar in SE Qld on the 25th and 26th of August. Rogaining Tasmania was represented by a small team of enthusiasts.

Gary Carroll and Bernard Walker - pre-start
Gary Carroll and Bernard Walker - pre-start

Ciara Smart and Nic Pittman

Ciara Smart and Nic Pittman

… a Metrogaine where everyone learned more about Hobart Town.

… by organiser Mark Hey …

After a wet day prior, it thankfully dawned blue skies on Saturday 28th July 2018 for a Metrogaine around Upper Sandy Bay and Battery Point where the clues were about the names of houses, the history of the area, and the accessible public art.

Home base was the hall of 10th Hobart Scouts in Marieville Esplanade where most of the 111 participants in 44 Teams could be seen sitting outside in the sun by the river on a still morning doing their route planning.

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An unusual aspect of the event was a self managed 15 minute obligatory break for all Teams to be taken between noon and 1 pm which would allow everyone to enjoy one of the many cafes on the course without the pressure to keep going. Jackman and McRoss Bakery in Hampden Road was favoured by a few Teams.

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.

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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.