… 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.
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.
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.
Next year it is Tasmania’s turn to host the Australasian Rogaining Championships. This big event will be held on the weekend of November 9th and 10th in the St Helens - Bay of Fires Region. There will be a wide variety of terrain types in the event area – steep, subtle, granite, coastal, marshes and some former tin mining areas. Don’t be put off because it is a “championship event”. There will be control sites that test the navigational ability of the elite teams, but there will be something for family and social rogainers to enjoy. The event website can be viewed at arc2019.rt.asn.au.
Peter Tuft () is the event director. Even though it’s a long time until we host this event there is a whole lot of planning to be done now. We are putting together the organising team and already have most of the key positions filled, but need people to help with the following roles:
This year’s Australian Championships are being hosted by Queensland and are being held in the Gympie region – a couple of hours north of Brisbane on August 25th and 26th. The event organisers are very experienced and the terrain looks open and very interesting so it will be a great event. There is lots of information at arc2018.qld.rogaining.org.au. Regular entries close on the 1st of August.
Tasmania’s recipients for the Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation funding to attend the Intervarsity Champs and Australasian Champs are Rachel Allen and Callum Thompson-Young. They are both Australian Maritime College (UTAS) students.
Congratulations and good luck to you Rachel and Callum and to the other Tasmanians who have entered.
Nearly 20 years on from the last event in this location, the Rheban countryside once again offers sweeping views of Mercury Passage and Maria Island and a pleasant landscape for a 6 & 12 hour rogaine event. The course is all set, the vetters are applying the polish and entries will soon be open. Vast areas of impenetrable scrub have been excised from the course, leaving scenic and mostly runnable forest with some farm land in the mix. The 12-hour competitors should expect some climbs but those views make it worthwhile.