The proposed March 2022 Metrogaine has been postponed and will be held in late May if possible. Considering the currently high infection rates and an uncertain few months ahead, the RT committee and event organisers agreed that running the event at a later date will allow for a safer environment for both entrants and volunteers.
At the AGM held last November, we welcomed the following to the RT committee: Lucy Hawthorne will handle the social media and newsletter role; Bernard Walker who has been prominent for many years setting events and managing the online entries; and Karen Wild-Allen who has set some metrogaines and is a keen competitor. We thank Hugh Fitzgerald and Robyn Tuft for serving on the committee. Kristin Raw has taken over as the junior vice president from Robyn.
May 2022 [To Be Confirmed] – Metrogaine, Sandy Bay
An event exploring the coastline of the Derwent estuary, with a mixture of bush, suburbia, CBD, and river-frontage. There will be 3-hour and 6-hour options.
26 August 2022 – 17th World Rogaining Championships, Czech Republic.
The event will take place in the marvellous landscape of the mountain ridge of Králický Sněžník and Rychleby Mountains along the Czech-Polish border. Entries close 30 April 2021.
8-9 October 2022 – The “Pyrenees Ponder” Australian Rogaining Championship, Pyrenees Ranges, Victoria.
5-6 November 2022 – Tasmanian Rogaining Championships (TBC). 24-hr bush and farm event.
Rogaining Tasmania are looking for volunteers to set a metrogaine in late August / early September 2022. Novice organisers will be mentored by experienced rogainers. Get in touch if you’d like to give it a go. It’s a terrific way to learn new skills and explore an area in-depth.
I had the pleasure of dragging a first-time rogainer, Hamish Lockett, around the Lindisfun metrogaine by foot. We had figured that given the large map area and possibility of a lot of street running, the winning team would probably be covering somewhere between 30-40 kms, depending on where the big points were spread across the map, and we felt up to the challenge.
Upon collecting the map, it was clear that there were two overarching route options, focusing on either the hills of the Meehan Range or south in the streets of Rosny and Howrah. Hamish and I quickly agreed that we needed to see a few more high scoring controls in the hills for it to be worth our while, especially since he considered his strength to be flat running, not the hills. We ended up with a route which took in most of the big controls in the streets of the south, plus a few of the lone hills of the eastern shore. I was glad to find that some of our competition had decided to head into the hills. It would be interesting to see which option proved best!
The weather was hot and sunny, a pleasant respite from the rain of the past few months. Unfortunately, my Garmin watch insightfully informed me that I was only 2% adapted to the heat, and as we averaged 6min/km in the first hour of the rogaine, it quickly became apparent that managing our bodies throughout the 4 hours was going to be key to a successful run.
We headed south trailing Niko and Jett before traversing around Rosny Hill, past Blundstone Arena and quickly arriving at our southernmost point near Wentworth Park. The journey back north involved some occasionally confusing but mostly straight forward navigation through the numerous tracks of Waverley Park and Flagstaff Gully. Climbing the last obstacle for the day, Natone Hill, we both dealt with some leg cramps (a recurring problem for me while rogaining) before arriving back at the hall with 3 minutes to spare. 32kms with 1000m elevation got us to 38 controls totalling 1880 points, enough to secure 1st for the foot category. Thanks once again to everyone who contributed to the event. It was a fun day out with friends.
by Oskar Bucirde
For those of you wanting to read about daring exploits and dramatic tales of human endurance I would suggest the report from the foot entrants would be far more enthralling. This is a tale of moderate ambition and riding far from the edge. [Jeff says: as a team endurance sport, individuals within the same team will experience a given race differently: maybe one as a nice adventure involving some physical activity, and the other as a desperate feat of human endurance. The latter can give some satisfaction, after a sufficient period of physical and emotional recovery (I’m okay now thanks). Anyhow, back to Ken telling his story…]
The genesis of the “dream team” was a discussion I had with Jeff at an orienteering event along the lines of let’s go for a ride, the metrogaine might be fun. Jeff mentioned he had previously set an event in the area and knew the area pretty well. This knowledge and Jeff’s navigational skills would certainly compensate for my renowned ability to make navigation mistakes whilst under pressure.
Ben, Charlotte and I set and vetted the Lindisfun metrogaine. We tried to set a fun course that had something for everyone: a challenge for the people wanting to push themselves with lots of controls, big hills, and some hard to reach places requiring interesting planning decisions. "To Meehan or not To Meehan" was an important question for competitors planning longer routes, and control 63 proved a challenging find for a few groups. The sunny eastern shore offered plenty for families - fun riding and walking along the foreshore with plenty of opportunity for bakery and ice-cream stops on what ended up a gloriously warm spring day.
2021 was a successful year for Rogaining Tasmania. Our state has remained free of COVID-19 community transmission enabling us to run our events without disruption, which is certainly not the case on the mainland. Our events were all successful, well-organised and fun! Attendance at our events continues to rise, leading to profitable events and allowing for our entry costs to decrease.
In the past year we ran the following events:
- The Hit and Miss Metrogaine, 29thNovember 2020. This was last year, but within our recent financial year. This event attracted 170 entrants, made up of about 39 teams on foot, and 28 teams on bikes.
- The weetapoona wander, 27thFebruary 2021. Held on North Bruny Island on Murrayfield Station and surrounding farms. 210 entrants, made up from 44 teams in the 12-hr and 40 teams in the 6-hr.
- The Lenah Valley Hop Metrogaine, 22ndAugust 2021. A record attendance for an RT event with 334 entrants. 58 teams in the 3-hr and 77 teams in the 6-hr.
- The Lindisfun bike and on-foot Metrogainewill be held next weekend. Numbers are looking good for this event and we are likely to get around 200 entrants.
Honorary life membership is awarded for outstanding service to rogaining in Tasmania. Adele certainly ticks all the boxes.
Adele competed in her first rogaine in 1997, and she quickly became involved in event organisation and administration.
In 2001 she took on the task of Event Director for the Honeysuckle 24- and 8-hour rogaine. This was one of Rogaining Tasmania’s most successful events, mainly due to her team management skills, planning ability, and attention to detail. It was here that her landowner negotiation skills first came to the attention of the committee.
The Lindisfun 4-hour metrogaine has been run and won, although all the entrants were winners on the fun course in the ideal weather.
Congratulations to overall bike category winners Jeff Dunn and Ken McLean, and to the overall on-foot winners Hamish Lockett and Oskar Bucirde.
Bike winners - Jeff Dunn and Ken McLean
On-foot winners Hamish Lockett and Oskar Bucirde
By Peter & Robyn Tuft
To run more rogaines we need more people to run them, which means more people who can set a good course. So we organised a workshop for potential course setters on 10 October, feeling that we'd be pleased if a handful of people expressed interest. We were more than pleased when nine potential new setters turned up, together with old hands Gary Carroll, Bernard Walker, Sara Brain and Liz Canning. Having course-setting wisdom available from such a broad range of experience was a real bonus.
Peter Tuft, sharing his considerable wisdom!
The location was our bush block near Kettering, which was ideal because it had a nice meeting room (our lounge room, although a bit of a squeeze for the crowd) and a very good map (very conveniently produced previously as a test of Lidar-based vegetation mapping). Most of what we covered was focussed on bush events because they are the most challenging to set well, but we also touched on metrogaines and (very briefly) some other aspects of event organisation (you do realise that there is a whole lot more to organising a rogaine than just setting the course?)
Results for both events along with the 3 and 6 Hour winning routes are available HERE. Congratulations to Oskar Bucirde and Joseph Dickinson for collecting 50 checkpoints over 40kms to be first overall in the 6-hour. The 3-hour was a battle of the junior men, with Niko Stoner Jett McComb best on the day visiting 30 checkpoints over 23kms.
There are photos from the event at https://photos.app.goo.gl/FQviDt1MBRREDKPx9
Thanks to everyone for coming.
Lucy, Gary, Neil, Sue, Janet & the admin elves.