SEQ Bulletin – April 2020

An improving situation…
We hope you and your loved ones have been able to adapt well to the difficult circumstances we are all dealing with. Restrictions on group activities remain in place and we don’t yet know when they may be eased enough for some events to take place. But it is encouraging to see the good progress that we have made, thanks to everyone doing their bit, and the Committee is hopeful that we can soon start planning for resumption of some activities.

From 1 May there will be a slight easing of restrictions, allowing travel up to 50km for recreation, but still with a maximum group size of 2 unless you are a household. You might like to check out the Orienteering Queensland permanent courses to practice your navigation skills and maintain your physical and mental health. With the MapRunF app, you can choose from a wide variety of existing courses and even design your own course, all within the app.

Mini Rogaine – date TBC
When restrictions do ease sufficiently, the first activity we have planned is a variation on our usual 3hr Mini Rogaine in the Bunyaville State Forest. This is likely to be offered as a ‘MapRun’ event, where you use your smartphone to record visits to checkpoints. It is likely that we will open the course for a few days to allow you to go out on the course at a time of your choosing. Please keep an eye on the event page for more details. 

Metrogaine, 8 hour, 6/12 hour, 24 hour rogaining events
The Committee is still looking at the possibility of holding the Metrogaine, 8 hour and 6/12 hour events later in the year. Possible dates are listed on the event calendar, subject to the easing of restrictions on group activities. The 24 hour championship event will not be held this year, but we will continue planning for the next 24 hour event to be held in an exciting new area in 2021.

Raid Events – Update
The Rogue Raid will take place on 17-18 October this year. The Wildfire Raid has been rescheduled for 5 September, and the next Mojo Raid will be held in 2021. 

2020 Australasian Rogaining Championships – postponed to 29-30 May 2021
This event has been postponed to 29-30 May 2021, the new event web page is here. There will be no Australasian Championships this year.

Footwear for rogaining, and some fun stuff
The latest article from Tristan White at NSWRA discusses rogaining footwear, including tips from our own Richard Robinson. You can also take the ‘Are you a serious rogainer‘ quiz, and check out the fancy new compass from NSWRA (NB: post went up on April 1).

MTBO 
For MTBO news, please visit www.mtbo.com.au

Rogaining around the world…
The European Rogaining Championships in Latvia will now be held on 22-23 August. 
The 2020 World Rogaining Championships has been postponed and will now be held in mid-2021.
The 2022 WRC will be held in the Czech Republic.

…and across Australia…
The rogaining associations in each state and territory are making their own decisions about whether and how events will be held. Please visit their websites at these links.

Stay safe!
We have made great progress in containing the spread of the virus, but we all do need to continue to follow the directions given to us based on the public health advice. Please consider using the CovidSafe app to assist the health authorities to keep ahead of the virus. By using the app, you’ll not only be helping to keep the community safe but it will also help you to find out quickly if you do come into contact with a known case of Covid-19.

It has been great to see a lot more people using bush trails and parklands during this period. Spending time in the outdoors, while staying at a safe distance from others, will continue to be a valuable way to stay healthy.

On behalf of your rogaining committee,
Paul Guard
QRA Communications

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