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.
Rogaining often seems to bring out the worst in the weather. After the deluge at the Hamilton Heritage rogaine in November, fortunately the rogaine weather gods were smiling on us at the Kingborough Metrogaine. 139 entrants in 52 teams enjoyed perfect sunny conditions in which to explore the beaches, cliffs, bush, playgrounds, pathways and streets of Kingston and Blackmans Bay.
Rod started rogaining in 1998 and very quickly became involved in event organisation. He has been the lead organiser of 6 events, these are 2001 Me’an, 2003 Bangor Revisited, 2007 Picturegaine, 2010 Picturegaine, 2012 August Amble and 2013 Mt Murray. For the Mt Murray event he did the landowner contacts, the majority of the field work and drew the map as well.
Rogaine Tasmania stalwarts Ross Kelly, Rod Bilson and Adele Winslow at a frosty RT shed clean out in July 2017
By Neil Hawthorne
The event will be remembered as cold and wet! There was damp but comfortable weather for the 6-hour event but that was quickly followed by dark bitter rain during the extended 12-hour event. Sodden teams found relief in finishing and thankfully all were rewarded with generous portions of hot food. The Mushroom Risotto was particularly good. The weather worsened through Sunday morning for all the “happy campers”.
Ninety-eight keen Rogainers posted hard earned scores. There were 22 teams in the 6-hour and 21 teams in the 12-hour. 2,960 points across 54 controls were up for grabs. No one cleared the course but anyone scoring around 2,500 points had travelled near 50km in 12 hours. Everyone seemed to like the course layout as evidenced by Rogainers scuttling off in all directions. Thereafter a calm descended on the Hash House as the support team waited for the 6:00pm returns.
A reminder that the AGM will commence after the presentations for the Metrogaine at the Blackmans Bay Hall (24 Ocean Esplanade) commencing at approximately 6:30pm, Saturday the 3rd of February 2018.
Rogaining Tasmania is run entirely by volunteers, so if you’d like to contribute, and have some fun doing it, please consider volunteering for a committee position or other role.