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?)
By Peter Tuft
The RT constitution is getting old and rusty and in several ways seems no longer fit for purpose. The committee has been thinking about whether to either beat the existing document into better shape or take some other template and massage that to suit our needs. However, those on the committee are frankly a bit out of our depth with some of the legal implications of the constitution.
Is there anyone out there in the rogaining community who has legal or other relevant experience and could offer some help with this?
Fun fact: A survey of 800 participants in the 2016 World Champs near Alice Springs found that most rogainers have a STEM background. That's broadly consistent with what we know of RT membership although there are some notable exceptions. But it does make us wonder about our chances of finding someone to help with the request above. If you can help, please don't be backward in coming forward.
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.
By Susan Gardner.
After competing in a metrogaine around 2 years ago with my husband and bushwalking friend John, he asked if we would like to do a rogaine. We were a little apprehensive at first but thought why not try something new.
The venue at Murrayfield on Bruny Island was a bonus, I had stayed there several times with bushwalkers and scouts. We soon signed up and received our information packs. As we are all over 65, we were put in the ultra-veterans class.
Arriving at Murrayfield on the Saturday morning we saw a mass of people of all ages and the tents of people who had stayed overnight. We picked up our maps and sat down to plan our route for the 6-hour course. We decided on a route towards the south that took in coastal scenery and the church ruins where we have walked several times. This involved finding 15 checkpoints.