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.

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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.

Entries are now open for our next event, the Kingborough Local Links Metrogaine, which will be a 3 hour event starting from Blackmans Bay on Saturday February 3rd. This will be a Question and Answer style event which promises to be a bit a summer fun to get you warmed-up for 2018. Event organisers are Kristin Raw, Sally Wayte and Darryl Smith.

Other Rogaining Tasmania events in 2018 will include a 6 and 12 hour event in Rheban on April 28th and a bike/on-foot event mid-year. We are looking at holding a bush event, possibly an 8 & 24 hr event, in late November.

For those of you wishing to experience rogaining outside of Tassie – The 2018 Australasian Champs will be held near Brisbane on the 25 & 26th of August. For more info go to http://www.qldrogaine.asn.au/qraonline/html/wp

You have just one week remaining to enter this event. Entries close on the night of Wednesday 5th of July. Since the deadline is so close to the event date, we won’t be accepting late entries.

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Both Donald Trump and I are new to the role of President, and we are both finding out that it is not straightforward. At the moment, Rogaine Tasmania’s upcoming event schedule is a bit “up in the air”.

The organisers of the Rheban event have discovered that much of the forest area they were planning on using has become impenetrably overgrown. Also – there are issues accessing many areas due to breeding raptors and shore birds. To best utilise this great area, the event will be moved to early next year, probably as a 12 and 6-hour. We’ll let you know the new date as soon as possible.