Welcome to the March 2018 Rogaining Tasmania newsletter.
There has been a lot of rogaining activity over the last few months and we aren’t finished yet. In this newsletter you will find a report and photos from the recent Kingborough Local Links Metrogaine; a teaser for the upcoming Run Rheban Run Rogaine; and details of the well-deserved life membership awarded to Rod Bilson at the recent AGM.
If you were planning on attending the 2018 Australasian Rogaining Champs, being held near Gympie (Qld) on the 25 and 26th of August, you can save some money by taking advantage of early-bird entry fees if you enter by the end of March. Visit http://arc2018.qld.rogaining.org.au .
Planning is underway for a bush event, possibly a 24 hour with a shorter concurrent event to be held late this year. If you are interested in joining the setting and vetting team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingborough Local Links Metrogaine Feb 3rd 2018
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.
We were certain no team would be able to visit all 46 checkpoints, but with Darryl Smith - the winner of the three previous rogaines - as our vetter, we knew we needed to give him a bit of work to do. We were surprised and pleased that every checkpoint was visited by at least one team. Checkpoints 20 and 66 were most popular with 36 visits each, closely followed by checkpoints 24 and 52. The checkpoints in the north-west corner of the map were the least visited. The ATM letterbox (40) checkpoint was perhaps the favourite.
The overall winning team of Jemery Day and Allan Hood visited 28 checkpoints and covered 27km. In second place overall, and the winners of the Mixed category were Mandy Giblin and Tony McIntyre, who were closely followed in third place by Sara Brain and Bernard Walker. In fourth place overall, and the winners of the Women’s category, were Karen Wild-Allen, Carolyn Davis and Lisa Harvey-Smith. At the other end of the results list were the Women’s Ultra Veteran team of Sally Salier and Janet Bush, who, with nothing left to prove after some 60 years of rogaining experience between them, enjoyed a pleasant 1.5 hour stroll.
Twelve family teams took part, and judging by the sticky faces that appeared at the finish, many had taken the time to find an icecream along the way. Team Carroll, with 78 years between the youngest team member Sean and his grandmother Joan, were particularly impressive. Owen and Roger Mulcahy, competing in their first rogaine, were pleasantly surprised to win the Family category.
The Junior Men’s category was very closely fought with the Poortenaar brothers Tom and Ben edging out Joshua Allen and Harry Driessen by only 10 points. By contrast, we suspect the winning Junior Women’s team of Anna and Zoe Dowling (who’ve both represented Australia in orienteering), weren’t trying too hard, as they were beaten by another pair of sisters – their mother and aunt.
Winners of other categories were: Women’s Veteran: Janet Hancock, Sue Hancock Mixed Super-Veteran: Diana Cossar-Burgess, Sebastian Burgess Women’s Super-Veteran: Anne Briggs, Hilary Cane Mixed Ultra-Veteran: Jim Laver, Barbara Tassell Men’s Ultra-Veteran: Ross Kelly, Julian Roscoe, Ian Woolford Women’s Ultra-Veteran: Sally Salier, Janet Bush Full results can be found at https://www.rt.asn.au/index.php/event-results
Thanks to Meisha Austin, Mick Cooper and the team from the Orienteering Juniors for providing an excellent afternoon tea. Thanks to Kingborough Council for providing use of the hall and promoting the event. Thanks to Gary’s Dad, Bill, for joining the highly stressful results processing team.
The 3 wise organisers
Run Rheban Run Rogaine – 28th April 2018
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.
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.
He developed an event administration and scoring system for the 2003 Australian Rogaining Championship. This was used for all Rogaining Tasmania events until the introduction of the NavLight scoring system, first used in Tasmania in 2011 when we again hosted the Australian Rogaining Championship. Rod managed the NavLight scoring system for this event.
For nearly all our events since then he has been the lead NavLight operator, as well as carrying out administrative tasks such as designing and printing our certificates and wine labels. It is usually Rod who prints up the team lists we all refer to at registration at the start of an event.
It is thanks to Rod’s initiative and project-management skills that we now have an equipment shed at New Town. He obtained all the necessary permissions and approvals and supervised its construction. He personally built all the internal shelves used for storing the equipment. When this was all completed he took on the job of Equipment Officer and the responsibility of keeping all our equipment in good order.
Ill-health has prevented Rod from competing for a number of years but he has continued to serve on Committee helping whenever he can. He maintains our membership database which provides an invaluable record of our events.
Rods involvement in rogaining goes way beyond the normal call of duty. He has certainly helped Rogaining Tasmania become the successful organisation it is today and contributed to our enjoyment of a wide variety of events.
By Nick Bowden.
Rogaine Tasmania stalwarts Ross Kelly, Rod Bilson and Adele Winslow at a frosty RT shed clean out in July 2017
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