Event Wrapup – The SunSEQer ARC Rogaine
The 2018 Australasian Rogaining Championships were hosted here in SEQ in August, and the event was a great success. Having had dry conditions for months we were unlucky to get heavy rain during the event, but the feedback we got from participants was very positive and they didn’t seem to mind too much that the event name we chose was a little misleading 🙂
Richard Robinson set a course that really challenged the elite teams, and it was very satisfying to see that the top four teams chose significantly different routes and yet finished within 110 points of each other. Wil Williams and David Symons from WA were the overall winners, ahead of David Baldwin, Julie Quinn and Jackson Bursill from the ACT in second place and Greig Hamilton (NZ) and Bevan Koopman (Qld) in third place. If you haven’t yet checked out the results, go to http://www.qldrogaine.asn.au/qraonline/html/wp/results/ and follow the ‘interactive results’ link where you can see maps of the team routes, graph of points vs time, leg statistics and performance analysis for each team. The results for the Interstate Challenge Trophy, the Intervarsity Rogaining Championships and the 15hr Roving Rogaine are also available on the results page.
Top results from Queenslanders included:
Bevan Koopman – 2nd Mens, 3rd Overall
Paul Elby – 4th Mens, 6th Overall
Chris White, Rob Miller – 3rd Mens Vets
Tamsin Barnes – 1st Womens and 1st Womens Vets
Sue Clarke, Walter Kelemen – 3rd Mixed Super Vets and 2nd Mixed Ultra Vets
In the lead up to the event, Linda Thompson put together some really interesting Q&As with members of the rogaining community and posted them to the ARC Facebook page. If you missed any of them, you can check them out here.
Putting on the Australasian Champs takes a lot of work from a big team of volunteers, and I’d like to thank all of the people who contributed to the success of the event.
Paul Guard – Event Director, Website and Entries, Navlight
Richard Robinson – Course Setter
Paul Frylink – Vetter and Hanger, Mapping
Tim McIntyre – Vetter and Hanger
Linda Thompson – Land Liaison, Merchandise
Peter McCallum – Logistics
Jennie and Tony Bond, Darren Saunders, David Firman, Tamyka Bell, Derek Ireland, Adam Woods, Christine Perry, Tony Mayer, Mandy Caldwell, Mike Page, Samantha Phillips, Tony Bowman, Mark Wilson, Roger Williams, John Wevers, Fiona McIntyre. Thanks to all volunteers.
Special thanks to the Manumbar Campdraft Association and Megan and Chris Scott for doing a great job of the catering. Thanks also to the Gympie Regional Council for financial support, and Wildfire Sports for providing the registration bags.
Mooloolaba Metrogaine – Saturday 20 October
Entries are open! The 2018 metrogaine will be held at Mooloolaba and surrounding suburbs, including beautiful beach tracks, bush reserves, council parks, suburban streets and hidden laneways. Easy navigation, suitable for beginners and families, yet challenging for the experienced.
This year we’ve decided to time the event a bit later in the day, so you can enjoy the cooler hours of the evening and enjoy a post-event meal (included in your entry fee). Make a weekend of it and stay the Saturday night up on the beautiful Sunny Coast.
Enter here. For more information contact Adam Woods.
BNE CBD Photo Hunt – Sunday 11 November
Looking for something a bit different? This event is a novelty event intended to test your powers of observation as well as encourage you to look up and down and all around you as you explore the Brisbane CBD streets and laneways. So come along to discover what we have around us and what you may walk past everyday but never notice!
You will be handed a map and a bunch of photos of objects around the CBD—your challenge will be to find as many of the objects as you can within 3 hours. The locations will NOT be marked on your map—you need to find them. To prove that you have found an object, you will need to answer a question at the location AND record the grid reference of that location from your map.
Objects to locate will encompass Architecture, Artwork, History, Oddities.
The event will be suitable for all ages and fitness levels—it will be suitable for wheelchairs, prams and families.
Teams can walk as far as they want—or come back before 3 hours if they want—or run and try to find them all. It is completely up to each team how they want to participate.
All event income will be donated to the Cancer Council as part of fundraising efforts by the ‘Lost in Space’ Shitbox Rally Team.
More information and online entry is here.
Urban Raid – Friday 7 December
Entries are now open for the Urban Raid, a 3hr rogaine (“on wheels” or on foot) in the Brisbane CBD. Join over 250 other racers for your final dash of the year in the hunt for check points through the city night lights. Full details including the online entry can be found here. Kids race free!
Mojo Raid Wrapup
The Mojo Raid was held on 15-16 September and was another highly successful edition. Over 200 competitors tackled a spectacular course which covered kayaking on Lake Moogerah with the scenic rim as a backdrop, a hike up the gorges of Mt Greville, some classic rogaine navigation on private property and a cycle up to Spicers Gap. Full results, photos and reports can be found here. The Mojo Raid will return on the weekend of 14-15 September 2019.
Rogue Raid 100 – April 2019
Course setting for the Raid 100 has been proceeding steadily. Teams are in for a spectacular and challenging route throughout the border country. Due to the high demand for places in the race, Raid Adventures have expanded their capacity slightly to cater for any teams looking to secure a late entry. Teams are reminded that early bird entries close by 30 November 2018 as per the payment schedule before the price rise (payments can be made here). In the mean time, check out a snap shot of the course from a recent scouting trip here.
Questgaines are being held each week all over Brisbane. These 1-hour mini-rogaines can be done as individuals or in a group, and best of all, they’re free! Check out the Facebook Page for information.
Draft 2019 Calendar
We have now added most of our planned 2019 events to the Event Calendar. Get those dates in your diary now, and also have a think about which ones you might like to volunteer to help organise. It is just as much fun (or perhaps even more fun!) to help out at an event as it is to compete.
SEQ Rogainer of the Year Competition
The current standings in the 2018 ROTY competition are on the QRA website. Gary Sutherland and Christine Perry are still in the lead, though the race for top place in the Men’s competition has heated up considerably.
Individual Rogaining Results
You can now look up any individual’s historical results in QRA events since 2010 and all of the ARCs going back to 1979:
For information on upcoming mountain bike orienteering events, please visit www.mtbo.com.au.
Cool Rogaining Gear
Check out the stylish, high-quality rogaining clothing available at IOMerino, courtesy of our friends at the South Australian Rogaining Association.
Call for Volunteers
The rogaining association and all QRA events are run entirely by volunteers. We actually need all QRA members to volunteer some time each year to sustain the sport. If you are interested in organising or assisting in running a rogaine please get in touch, it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore Queensland and practice your nav all while giving back to the organisation.
The draft Rogaining Queensland Event Calendar for 2019 is available at qldrogaine.asn.au/event-calendar. The volunteer page on the website has a description of each of the event volunteer roles. Please send an email to email@example.com to put your hand up. It’s a lot of fun, you learn heaps about rogaining and we have many experienced hands to support you.
If you have any interest in helping on the Committee in any way please also get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Rewards Policy
Volunteers at QRA or Raid Adventures events who have contributed at least a full day to an event and have given up their opportunity to compete are offered a $50 credit towards entry in a QRA or Raid Adventures event of their choosing within the following 12 months. A list of people who have earned rewards is on the website. The reward can be claimed by ticking the appropriate box when entering an event.
…and across Australia…
The 2019 Australasian Rogaining Champs will be held in Tasmania in the stunning Bay of Fires region on 9-10 November 2019. This will be an event you must not miss. Put it in your calendar now!
A list of upcoming interstate rogaines can be found at rogaining.org.au/events.
We’re always keen to hear from QRA members about your rogaining or other outdoor experiences. Please share your stories by posting on the wall of the official QRA Facebook page, or join the Adventure Racing and Rogaining Qld group. Don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page. If you would like to share some news, send it to email@example.com and we will post it.
Hope to see you at a QRA event, soon.