The Annual Lake Macquarie Rogaine is a great event for novice and casual rogainers. The course location is easy to reach from Sydney and navigating the terrain is as difficult as you want to make it. We entered separate boys and girls teams this year, each having very different agendas.
Careful route planning was crucial for both teams. The boys did not want a repeat of last year's lacklustre performance which involved a 2 hour fight through a huge bramble patch. The girls (having previously relied completely on 'man-navigation') were embarking on a maiden effort concerned about the possibility of getting lost.
Well over 350 entrants participated in the race with a 60 / 40 split between those doing the 6 hour event and those doing the 12 hour. Needless to say, we entered the 6 hour race staying true to our ritual that nighttime is for beer drinking, not for scrabbling around in the dark looking for checkpoints.
After a tiring afternoon, both teams returned to base within the allotted time and were happy with their results. The girls accrued 350 points and more importantly a visit to the "Tea and Damper" station. The boys had to forego the luxury of muffins in order to get the checkpoints they wanted, notching up a respectable 820 points which secured them 3rd place in the men's category. Congratulations to all who participated and our thanks to those involved with the organisation.
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By Darrell Grundy - visited on 14 August 2009