G'day Rogainers,

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COMING SOON – 6-hour Socialgaine– Sunday 26th November 2017

The year's Socialgaine will be held in Newcastle, less than a two-hour drive from Sydney's CBD. The map is suburban but includes some lovely bush, parks and trails. Last year Sam Howe and her Novocastrian team showed us the Wangi Wangi western side of Lake Macquarie – this year we get to explore Newcastle’s western suburbs. The Hash House will be at Elermore Vale Public School with a mass start at 9:30am.

Sam says of the course, “You will have the option of maximising the trails and bush sections or mostly sticking to the streets and cafés. We are trying to make the most of the bush areas around John Hunter Hospital before the planned bypass goes through.” As a mother of two exuberant youngsters, she will provide family-friendly options too.

Come along to the last NSW rogaine for 2017 – entries close on Monday 20th. You can register here...

NSW Champs “Gone W’rong” – 7-8th October

The weather was kind to us for a fun and challenging event near Oberon last month. 37 24-hour teams and 25 8-hour teams fronted the start line with a very tightly fought battle for the overall win. Gill Fowler and Phil Whitten are the 2017 champions, but the top three teams finished within only 20 points of each other:

  • 1st: Gill Fowler & Phil Whitten (2960)
  • 2nd: Ronnie Taib & David Williams (2950)
  • 3rd: Joel Mackay & Andrew Black (2940)

Check the event webpage for more photos, control leg statistics and to view the map. There’s an extended review, with comments by the top teams and the organisers.

Call to Volunteers for 2018

How would you like to be part of a happy team just like this … oozing contentment and satisfaction (and fatigue) for a job well done at the recent NSW Champs at Mt Werong?

If you've got a few rogaines under your belt and have a favourite location that you know will be great rogaining country, how about having a go at setting a course or lending your expertise to take one of the lead roles. If you’re a bit tentative about jumping in, there are many old hands who are more than willing to guide you through the process and provide support when you need it, or you can take one of the minor helping roles.

Volunteering is a great way to extend your network of rogaining friends whilst simultaneously giving something of great value back to the sport.

Graham will be checking with everyone who’s indicated that they are willing to volunteer, or who haven’t helped for a while. You can jump in quickly by going on-line and having a look at the volunteer register then add your name for an event.

We really need your support to ensure that we can continue to bring you great events in interesting locations.

“My fellow rogainers: ask not what your rogaining association can do for you – ask what you can do for your rogaining association.”

Graham Field - Volunteer Coordinator"

Sydney Summer Series Returns for 2017-18 Summer

Now that daylight savings has started, the acclaimed Sydney Summer Series Orienteering has returned on Wednesday nights for the next 6 months. These 45-minute individual events have the same objective as a rogaine – to navigate to controls in an attempt to maximize your score, though are much faster paced giving competitors smaller margin for error – a perfect opportunity to practise course planning and navigating on the run!

Events are usually set in the northern suburbs of Sydney (other areas have their own series), often near train stations, and are a great way to keep fit and ensure you don’t lose your skills as we have our rogaining hiatus over the summer months.

Check the Orienteering NSW website to find out about events in your area.

Tristan White

Publicity Officer

NSW Rogaining Association


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