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.
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.
NSWRA are producing an excellent series on gearing up for rogaining. You can read about
- What do you carry in a Rogaine?
- Hydration and Dealing with the Heat.
- Giving Dodgy Footwear the Boot.
- The Rogaining Fashion Parade.
- How Cool is Rogaining? (Warm Clothing & Dealing with the Cold)
As well as a questionnaire – Are you a serious rogainer?