SEQ Bulletin – May 2022

In this bulletin:

  • Training day & mini rogaine – new dates
  • Killarney Cyclegaine – postponed to September
  • Raid 100 – on now
  • Cataract River 15/24hr Rogaine – course updates
  • Boonah Sprint MTBO – Sunday 8th May
  • NSW Rogaining Championships, Gundabooka NP – 24-25th September
  • Call for expressions of interest in first aid training
  • Mandatory gear checks
  • GPS devices & opaque bags

Training day & mini rogaine – new dates
Due to the extreme weather events earlier this year, we were not able to hold the training day & mini rogaine in March, and they will now be held in May. Both events will still be run out of the Bellbird Grove Picnic Area, and will be held on consecutive days:

The Mini Rogaine will use MapRun for scoring during the event. Make sure you have the latest version of the app, MapRun6, installed on your phone before the event!
For those who prefer to use their Garmin watch, head to the Garmin Connect IQ Store for the MapRunG app.
https://maprunners.weebly.com/
The MapRun app uses GPS location to record visits to each control point. As a backup, there will be QR codes at each control which can be scanned using your phone camera through the MapRun app.
Further instructions will be provided to participants prior to the event.
 
Killarney Cyclegaine – postponed to September
Unfortunately we were not able to hold the Krankin’ Round Killarney Cyclegaine in April due to flooding. The event organisers have decided on a new date – 17th September 2022. There will hopefully also be an MTBO event on the 18th September so you can camp at the showgrounds and make a great weekend of it.

Raid 100 – on now
The Raid 100 is currently underway in the Clarence Valley of northern NSW.
For all your dot-watching needs, check out the Live Site for tracking, leaderboard, photos and race maps:
https://raidadventures.com/2022live/
 
Cataract River 15/24hr Rogaine – course updates
Setters have been back out on the course of the 2022 Cataract River Rogaine.
This event has been delayed twice since 2020 due to COVID and we thought it may never go ahead! Back then, the area was recovering from fires and large areas of State Forest were unavailable to permit, but since then pandemics and floods have meant that the course is now substantially more green and wet and QRA has been able to get access to more forest and private land.
More than 50% of the total course area is now private land – mostly open grazing – which has never hosted a rogaine event before. This is a unique opportunity to explore a remote are where few people have visited.
The extra time has also allowed the event team to connect with more of the private landowners and to learn the history of the area, discover many of the local secret spots and explore on foot across the entire map to find the best rogaining land.
All in all, we believe the course is now better than ever and will pose a serious challenge to even the best teams.
Be prepared for a weekend of wilderness of epic proportions! Wild rivers, waterfalls (“cataracts”), canyons, rugged forests, open grazing land and stunning views.
We hope to see you there on 23-24 July!
 
Boonah Sprint MTBO – Sunday 8th May
Fancy some MTBO?
Try out the Boonah Sprint MTBO on Sunday 8th May.
Take in the sights of the Fassifern Valley this Mother’s Day on your way to the next MTBO event in Boonah, south of Ipswich. Mum not into MTBO?, then perhaps drop her off at Arts in the OlivesHummingbirds Natural Pantry & Café or the Summerland Camel Farm, while you complete one of the 4 courses on offer. For more info and to enter, go to the event page.
 
NSW Rogaining Championships, Gundabooka NP – 24-25th September
After two Covid-cancelled attempts at running the NSW Champs near Bourke, the NSW Rogaining Assoc are very excited to announce that this event will be going ahead in September. Entries are now open on the NSWRA website.
It would be fantastic to get some QLDers to this event to challenge our southern neighbours. It may be a solid road-trip to get to Gundabooka, but this is event presents a unique opportunity to rogaine in this very special area of north-west NSW.

Call for expressions of interest in first aid training
The QLD Rogaine Assoc is seeking expressions of interest for attending first aid training. The training course will be paid for by the QRA, but will require attendees to volunteer at at least one event over the next year. Once we have an idea of the number of interested members, we can then look at dates and times.
Please send your expression of interest to Fiona at secretary@qldrogaine.asn.au
 
Mandatory gear checks
In longer duration bush rogaines, one of our key safety control measures is mandatory gear. This typically consists of a first aid kit and a whistle, but may involve other items for a particular event, such as cold weather gear or satellite communication devices.
All competitors must carry all mandatory gear, as specified by the Event Coordinator, at all times during the event. This mandatory gear will be specified by the Event Coordinator in the lead-up to each event.
Mandatory gear checks will be carried out during events, and failure to carry the mandatory gear may result in disqualification.
 
GPS devices & opaque bags
In our longer duration bush rogaines and championship events, the Event Coordinator may require participants to seal any GPS enabled devices (such as phones and smart watches) into opaque bags provided at map handout. This may seem onerous, but it helps ensure fair competition and is a requirement under the rogaining technical regulations. We will ensure that requirements are communicated in the lead-up to each event, so that you know what to expect on event day.
 
On behalf of your rogaining committee,
Peter Blyton
QRA Communications

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