By Robyn & Peter Tuft

We don’t remember clearly how we got involved in the recent Metrogaine - we think we offered to help but somehow ended up being the lead course setters.  We also don’t clearly remember how the event area was chosen, but it was a great choice.  As those who participated know, the area between Kingston Beach and Margate offers a remarkable diversity of terrain and scenery - beaches, coastal cliffs and bays (even a blowhole), suburbia, bushland (from tall forest to the scrub of Peter Murrell reserve), open paddocks, and high hills with panoramic views.

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In the end 115 competitors in 43 teams got to enjoy at least some of that but relatively few were able to sample the full range of terrain on offer.  Because the course area was so diverse and interesting we put out 48 controls over a wide area, not really expecting that anyone would go close to visiting all of them.  As it turned out, the winning team of Allan Hood and Darryl Smith covered 45 km to get a very creditable 32 controls, which means we put out 50% more controls than were really needed.  But no regrets - we had great fun exploring the area so fully.

by Nic Pittman

The 2017 Australian Championship Rogaine was held in early May at Chakola, near Bredbo, south of Canberra. I left the comforts of beautiful Hobart on the Friday afternoon and flew to my hometown of Sydney. After some typical Jetstar delays, my rogaining buddy Ciara picked me up from Sydney Domestic airport, beginning the 4-hour drive towards Cooma, NSW… and to think I had forgotten about Sydney traffic!

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We would love to have someone to provide ideas and help in promoting rogaining and especially letting more people know what events are on. We have made a start on flyers for shops and community groups, and have a Facebook page, but how, for example, do we reach Outdoor Ed programmes and running groups? If you think you might be able to help, contact Gary () to discuss.

At the 2016 AGM held in December Nick Bowden stepped down after 10 years as Rogaining Tasmania’s president. We are all grateful for Nick’s dedication and guidance during his reign. Nick will remain on the committee where his experience and detailed knowledge of apparently every landowner in Tasmania will be invaluable, and he’ll be busy as one of the key organisers for the 2019 Australian Championship, which Tasmania will be hosting. Thanks also to Nicole Carpenter who has left the committee after serving 6 years as secretary.

The new committee is a great mix of new and old (experience-wise). General committee members are Rod Bilson (Equipment / Membership), Brendan Hey (Mountain Bike), Nick Bowden, Liz Canning, Hugh Fitzgerald, Peter Tuft and

Robyn Tuft.  Sally Wayte is Secretary, Jeff Dunn (newsletter editor) and Adele Winslow are the Vice Presidents. Ross Kelly continues as Treasurer. John Dawson will continue handling the website and newsletter distribution. Gary Carroll is the incoming president and he is hoping that it won’t be for the next 10 years.
Rogaining depends on volunteers, and we are always looking for more. Setting and vetting assistance is required for the November bush event. We’d also like to begin planning for 2018 including more events in the north of the state. Email us using  if you want to volunteer or if you are curious as to what is involved.