A field of seventy participants enjoyed riding or walking the trails of Sandford on Sunday 18/11/12 on a warm and dry spring day. The Team of Jeff Dunn, Jemery Day and Mike Fuller led home the Men's Four Hour MTB with 1610 points, just ten ahead of Jules Evans, Gordon Taylor, Paul Kleywegt and Roger Jackson. Both Teams visited 31 of the 32 controls, and both bypassed a thirty point control, though different ones. The difference was the ten points lost by the Jules Evans Team by finishing just 41 seconds after the time limit. In the Mixed Four Hour MTB Mike Dowling and Sue Hancock amassed 1150 points to be 360 points ahead of the next placed Team. 


Ian Hawkes and Colin Terry in the Four Hour Men's Foot also had a close win, on 570 points and just ten ahead of Ross Kelly and Julian Roscoe. These scores compare with the strong Teams in the Four Hour Mixed Foot where Sam Jarvis and Kelly Aitken gathered a huge 870 points and Amy Buckerfield and Stewart Lawrie just behind with an impressive 840 points.


Full results from the event are on the Rogaining Tasmania website (Results).


Thanks to private land owners Andy Nuss and Jock Campbell, to Ride Bellerive for supporting the event with prizes and promotion, to the Clifton riding Club for use of the arena, and to Orienteering Tasmania for the catering, loan of equipment and printing of maps. My appreciation to all those who entered, and to Gayle West for coordinating the magnificent afternoon tea obo the OT Juniors. 


Mark Hey

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There was a good turn up for the 2011 MTBNav Metro Foot and Bike event, and with the day looking like it was going to be bright and sunny, all looked set for a great event.



 Waiting for the crowds to descend ...


 6 Hour briefing ...




It was an amazing event, with congratulations going to Justin Woolford and Andrew Shore for not only winning the 6hour event, but for also clearing the course and getting back to the hash house with nearly 45 minutes to spare (that was really just showing off).  John Whittington and Jon McComb also achieved the amazing feat of collecting all the controls and getting back with 35 minutes to spare to take a very credible second, and rumour has it that if Jon hadn't stopped to bake the other John's birthday cake they may have even won ...

p1000708In the three hour event, Dirk, Brodie, Ashley Nankervis and Louis Coad, managed to break the 1000 point barrier to amass a score that would have been credible in the six hour event, with Jarrah Day and Conrad Lindner coming in a very credible second.

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The rest of us mere mortals had a great time (thanks so much to Jeff, Darryl and the team).


Mark and team. Rumour has it they were seen soon after searching for controls inside Banjo pastries ...


Finally at the top of Mornington Hill - ascended the hard way.


We definitely go left here, or right ... it could be straight ahead.

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Despite the threatening weather of the day before a good crowd turned up for the 2011 MTBNav-Bush and Foot events out near Ellendale in Southern Tasmania.


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Warm congratulations go out to Darryl Smith and Grant Dixon for achieving first place overall in the Bike Male section of the MTBNav-Bush. They and the teams of Jon McComb and John Whittington, Matthew Patten and Ross Bugg, Jemery Day and Jeff Dunn, and Paul Pacque and Nigel Davies gained the maximum 1900 points in under four hours.

Darryl and Grant were able to enjoy refreshments early with 59 minutes to spare. Just over 32 minutes separated the first five Teams, with Darryl and Grant home from Jon and John by 3.5 minutes, and then just 9 minutes to Matthew and Ross with Matthew riding single speed for some three hours after his derailleur disintegrated. Who needs gears?

Two Teams went oh so close to gaining all 1900 points, that of Brendan Hey, Kari Eronen and John Alderdice gaining 1860 points, and that of Jules Evans and Roger Jackson finishing on 1830.  In Mixed Bike the two Teams finished with only 70 points difference, John Dawson and Kim Harris heading David Loveridge and Marjorie Morgan. Marjorie managed to somehow destroy her saddle along the way, while John kept crashing and breaking various bits of his bike.

In four hour Foot Male the juniors came to the fore as Brodie Nankervis and Jade Kerber showed everyone a clean pair of heals with 1610 points, leading Gary Carroll and Mike Fuller on 1450. Both Teams scored higher than some  riding Teams, an outcome I was very pleased with because the course design included many short cuts available to walkers, but not to riders. It worked!

Christine and David Marshall again demonstrated good route planning by amassing 1350 points in the Mixed Foot from Rod and Bev Miller, and in Foot Female, the three lady Team of Elizabeth Hey, Sarah Woods and Jennifer Hey achieved just 50 points more than the four lady team of Melanie Hawkes, Sue Kerr, Dorothy McCartney and Phillipa Terry.

Well done to everyone who enjoyed the four hour event, including those who took a dip in the creek along the way. I trust bike repairs run smoothly.

In the short and sharp two hour event, four of the five Teams contested the Bike Mixed category. Mike Dowling and Sue Hancock amassed 880 points to show Mark West and Cathy McComb a muddy wheel by only 60 points. Mike rode Sue’s bike, and Sue rode daughter Anna’s bike. John and Val Brammall were a mere 30 points back. Coming-in fourth were newcomers Helen Peters and Clinton Luckock who came along just to see how these events go. When I invited then to participate officially they didn’t hesitate, and did well seeing it was the first time they had ever seen a rogaining map. Please come again. 

Our sole Team in the Foot Female part of the two hour were two highly skilled junior orienteers in Anna Dowling and Nicola Marshall. With 610 points they really did demonstrate good route choice and covered the ground quickly.

Well done to everyone who enjoyed the two hour event.  Click here to download results.


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Organiser's Note

Saturday presented Robyn, Sally and I with a few showers as we placed the thirty-two controls and prepared the assembly area. At least we missed the heavy showers of the city. While it was looking a bit muddy for the event, the tracks still offered good riding, and the forests good walking. It was a relief of sorts when Sunday dawned dry with a near perfect temperature for rogaining.

In planning the event I intentionally placed controls reasonably close so as to give Teams a lot of options with their course and have the navigation side need a bit more thinking to decide the optimum route. I wanted faster riding Teams to scoop the pool, and five did, and I wanted the walking Teams to be able to visit lots of controls.

I thought the faster riding Teams might finish with half an hour to spare, but the first Team had nearly an hour up their sleeve, and the first four had over thirty minutes. I put this down to changes I made to the course – because of timber harvesting in the NW and SE parts of the map I shrunk the course area and removed four controls to avoid those spots.


My personal thanks to Sally Wayte and Robyn Chapman for all the help on the Saturday and Sunday, and in the lead-up, to Gayle West and the mums of the OT Juniors for the wonderful refreshments at the conclusion, and to the many participants who helped collect controls and pack away the gear. Your support in those ways made my day more relaxing. Thanks also to Ride Bellerive for the support through vouchers and promotion, and to landowners Mr and Mrs Twinning, Norske Skog and Forestry Tasmania. I very much appreciated seeing those who came to the event from Launceston. And finally thanks to Orienteering Tasmania for the loan of the electronic and other gear and for the map printing.


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Our entry this year was 62 participants, two more than in 2010. It looks like the 2012 event will be on 18/11/12, but watch the Rogaining Tasmania website. Thanks for coming, hope washing the bike, clothes and yourselves went well, and hope to see you at an MTBNav next year.

Mark Hey

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On the 13th and 14th of August the Western Australian State Championships were held 90km South East of Perth. The Australian University Championship was incorporated into this event, with eligible rogainers able to participate in both events concurrently. The Tasmanian team consisted of last year's defending University Champions Andrew Koolhof and Edward Doddridge and newcomer Cameron McDougall. The team was unable to retain the trophy, but spent an enjoyable weekend trying.




Apart from one very early mistake in which a compass was left in Tasmania, the team successfully navigated to every checkpoint they attempted, with no navigational errors or wasted time spent searching. Cameron, Edward and Andrew found the navigation to be more challenging than expected; the map was 1:50,000 with five metre contours. “Even the smallest of hills looked like mountains on the map, it made using contours to navigate much more challenging than in Tasmania,” said Andrew. The watercourses were also much harder to follow than in Tasmania, at least initially.


 After a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday the clouds came over in the afternoon, and two hours after dark it began to rain. At first the rain was greeted with cautious optimism, “at least we knew where the creeks are now,” remarked Edward. However, as the rain continued the footing became more treacherous, and staying warm became a serious issue. The cold and wet were far from the sun-drenched expectations the team had held of Western Australia. Even the locals seemed unimpressed with the weather, with fewer than 20 of the 131 teams staying out overnight.


The team scored 1,730 out of a possible 4,580 points, to place third in the University division and 16th overall. The team was full of praise for the event organisers; according to Cameron, the event was, “superbly organised and very well run.”


Edward, Andrew and Cameron would like to thank Rogaining Tasmania for nominating them as the Tasmanian team and the Nigel Aylott Memorial Foundation for sponsoring their flights to and from WA.


Full results are on the Western Australia Rogaining Association's website here











A very enjoyable event was held on the scenic undulating to steep bush and farming country east of Campania.


The highest point scorers in the 8 Hr event were the promising Junior team of Louis Coad, Brodie Nankervis and Shaun McDonough with 1620 points. In the 4 Hour event, veterans Bernard Walker & Darryl Smith were the highest point scorers with 980 points.

Results - Brown Mountain Bash 8 Hr  and Brown Mountain Bash 4 Hr


Many thanks to course setters David & Christine Marshall who also allowed us to use their property. Also to the RT support team including Nick Bowden, Adele Winslow, Nicole Carpenter and Rod Bilson.