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Over 300 entrants in 122 teams descended upon the Public School at Mona Vale on Sunday 24th feb for the first rogaine for 2008. The Bridge to the Beach Metrogaine has been run and won. Congratulations to all who competed on the day and enjoyed a beautiful part of the world. Check out the results to see how you and your team fared and the outstanding scores achieved by some very fit teams.

110 controls valuing over 5000 points were on offer which ensured teams spread out quickly. Thanks to Anne Newman and Graeme Hill for a great course with a variety of routes available to all levels of endeavor. Special thanks also goes to the following very valuable helpers on the day who kept everything running smoothly: Ian Almond, Erika van Lennep, Bronwyn Wilson, Bob Kimbrey and Julian Ledger. Please consider helping out an event soon! The Catering Crew did a marvelous job and it was certainly nice to have “real” coffee available.

Our thanks also go to Mona Vale Public School for allowing us to use your facilities.

See you all at the next event in April – The NSW champs on the south coast!

Paul Stein (Administrator)

The 2008 Metrogaine, centred around Sydney’s northern beaches on Sunday, 24th February encompassed some of the country’s finest and most spectacular beachside scenery, together with some bush tracks which discover creeks and waterfalls and a variety of rock formations.

Teams set off on their chosen route from near the southern end of Pittwater. Heading west, they encountered some steep hills and bushland tracks, and fitness and speed through these areas was rewarded with some high value points. Some would have headed north along the picturesque shores of Pittwater with its many parks and marinas. Other teams would have gone straight for the spectacular headlands and beaches where plenty of points were on offer. Turimetta Headland alone was worth a visit, and there were numerous seats and picnic tables in this area for those who reached here about lunch time. Whichever route decided on, teamswere offered breathtaking views of some of Sydney’s famous coastline.

We also promise you that you will learn a bit about the history of the area and visit some of the earliest structures to be built here. The castle on the headland itself is a hidden treasure. Of course, there will be the usual hash house at the end of the event to console your hunger and it will also provide you with a chance to discuss your route choices with other teams.

We cannot guarantee what the weather will be like on the day, but there is every chance that it will be considerably cooler than the inland suburbs at this time of the year and it is most likely that there will be a sea breeze blowing. So form a team soon and get your entry in early!

Graeme Hill

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Graham Hill and Anne Newman were the organisers and course setters for this rogaine

For information about this event, contact  ...

Paul Stein
phone:  02 4630 9545
email:    PaulStein 

What was it?

Metrogaines are rogaines held in and around urban areas. The checkpoints are multiple choice questions which need to be answered at each checkpoint location. Of course, normal rogaine rules apply and each member of the team must simultaneously visit each checkpoint. A Metrogaine is designed with the intent of introducing competitors to a new area and can be taken as seriously as you desire- from cafe or park hopping to a 6hr strenuous running event.

Where was it held?

The Hash House (start and finish area) were Mona Vale Public School, Waratah St, Mona Vale.

Graeme Hill and Anne Newman promised a picturesque and historic course taking in beaches, headlands, hills and bush in and around the Pittwater area. Swimming, picnicking and playing in one of the many parks were all options.

The Annual General Meeting of the NSW Rogaining Association was held at the Hash House for this event at approximately 4pm,  after the conclusion of the event.