2020 World Rogaining Championships postponed to 2021

The World Rogaining Championships to be held in August in California, USA has been postponed to 2021. Exact dates to be announced, but approximately early August. All entries will roll over, unless you contact the organisers. See the Cal-O-Fest website for more information.

Suspension of rogaines

It will be no surprise to you that ACTRA is not hosting any rogaines until the COVID19 pandemic is over. We will send an email newsletter and post on the website abd Facebook when we can host our next event. See you later in the year.

Vale Kathy Saw

HH Presentations WUACT Rogaining Association life member Kathy Saw passed away on Sunday 1 March. Kathy was a strong and enthusiastic rogainer and volunteer. She helped organise many events and would always be one of the first to put her hand up to help at events.

Kathy's prowess in the sport was demonstrated in womens classes for over 30 years, most of this time with Anne Sawkins, by winning or placing in her class (usually winning) at events including the Australian Champs in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2010 and in 2017 at the Ridgy Didge Champs, where this photo is from. Anne described Kathy's team approach to navigating, taking turns and feeling equally responsible for errors. In latter years Kathy was happy to adjust the teams pace and expectations to what they were capable of. As all rogainers will know, there are always treasured funny moments that you share out on the course. Anne remembers Kathy stretching on a tree and it falling over! Fortunately Kathy was not hurt.

One of the ACT Champs Kathy set that we now look enviously at the map is at the northen end of Long Plain in Kosciuszko National Park, incorporting an area that is now wilderness and out of bounds for events.

Kathy was also a excellent orienteer. The Orienteering ACT website has photos and stories of her orienteering.

Mongarlow Madness 28-29 March cancelled

It is with regret that the Mongarlowe Map Madness weekend for 28 to 29 March  has been cancelled. It is hoped that it will be rescheduled sometime in the future.

2020 Paddy Pallin report

20PPnewsphotoThe event explored the most southern suburbs of Canberra including Mt Tuggeranong and the Murrumbidgee River corridor. 100 point controls tempted teams to the north of the course on the hills around Waniassa.

Overall winners were Julie Quinn and David Baldwin, only 50 points ahead of Elena Koudasheva and Ivan Koudashev. Results are now available. Also Strava Fly-by

Many thanks to the organisers and setters Fergus Macleod, Greg Hosking, Charlie Henshaw, Jean Douglass, Ron Simpson, Miranda and Rhianna Sherley, Brad Vallette and Benita Sommerville. Of special note, the course as a metrogaine was about the fourth option of a site for this event after challenges with site access and areas being burnt - many thanks to the organisers!