For the last 57 years Paddy Pallin has combined with NSW Rogaining to put on an annual rogaine event. The Paddy Pallin Rogaine is a special feature on the calendar as it is a really popular event and there are some great trophies to be won. For most of us who are unlikely to ever win a rogaine there are also spot prizes given, courtesy of Paddy Pallin.

This year’s rogaining calendar was disrupted due to the impact of COVID-19 and it wasn’t until the 26th of September that groups of up to 500 people could participate in outdoor sporting events. The Paddy Pallin Rogaine was different this year compared to normal years due to a staggered start and finish, no food and no presentations. All participants found out their score from the website after the event and trophies were presented to the winning teams by post in between events.

Paddy Pallin NSW Rogaining Event

This year’s Paddy Pallin Rogaine was also unusual as it was held over a metropolitan course at the Hash House based at Club Willoughby. The event was also held in late November, rather than its usual June – July time slot. The event location on the lower North Shore meant that this was a fast event with little technical navigation, but a lot of stunning views, beautiful houses, and great people to be seen out on the course.

What did not change for this year’s event was that many good athletes signed up for the event, and in the end the total number attending (plus volunteers) came close to the 500 COVID-19 imposed limit. Heat is always a risk in endurance events held late in the year, especially in a metropolitan course where there’s little bush canopy to give respite from the sun. Fortunately, the weather gods smiled on us and the forecast maximum for the day was a perfect 23°C.

57th Paddy Pallin NSW Rogaining Event

Having a staggered start for the event gave it a different vibe. We are used to the seeing up to 600 people disappear in all directions at a mass start with the good teams running off at high speed to get ahead of other competitors. This year, you could start at any time during your allotted hour and teams drifted off when they were ready. The good teams looked just as focused as they normally do, but it was interesting to see them take off at a gentle jogging pace which they presumably increased once they got out of the club precinct.

Normally the rogaine ends with a mass finish and the pressure is immediately on the administrators to try and get accurate results published and presentations started within 30 minutes of the event finishing. This year, there was no mass finish and no presentations and greatly reduced stress for the administrators who were under no pressure to produce the results quickly.

Category Winners Score
Overall, Men’s and Men’s Veterans Glenn Horrocks and Richard Mountstephens Course Cleared
2790 in 5:05:31 (45kms)
Mixed and Mixed Veteran’s Robert Hayen, Fiona Castle and Brian Brannigan Course Cleared
2790 in 6:00:00 (See below)
Under 23 Xanda Kolesnikow and Ivan Koudashev 2640
Women’s Nicole Mealing, Rochelle Tregear 2370
Men’s Super Veteran’s Michael Hotchkis, Andrew Duerden 2210 (35kms)
Women’s Veterans Madonna Cavanagh and Kathryn Vaughan 2100
Family John Havranek and Jack Havranek 2080
Novice Taras Mencinsky and Mike Evans 2070
Mixed Super Veteran’s Dale Thompson and Mark White 1960
Mixed Ultra Veteran’s Kerry Emslie and Ross Emslie 1800
Men’s Ultra Veteran’s Julian Ledger and John Anderson 1780
Women’s Super Veteran’s Melissa Grant and Penny Field 1250
Women’s Ultra Veteran’s Debbie Hotchkis and Sue Jackson 740


There was little surprise that the overall winners were Glenn Horrocks and Richard Mountstephens. Glenn and Richard are well known in both the rogaining and orienteering communities as outstanding athletes, and the metropolitan course allowed them to use their fast endurance running to their advantage. Both Glenn and Richard also do well on a bush course and they have both had good form in the Paddy Pallin events over the last decade:

Year Glenn Horrocks Richard Mountstephens
2020 1st Overall with Richard Mountstephens 1st Overall with Glenn Horrocks
2019 4th Overall with Jonathan Worswick DNS
2018 1st Overall with Jonathan Worswick DNS
2017 2rd Overall with Keelan Birch 1st Overall with Ondrej Pavlu
2016 3rd Overall with Keelan Birch 1st Overall with Greg Barbour
2015 DNS DNS
2014 2nd Overall with Andrew Brown 1st Overall with Andrew Hill
2013 2nd Overall with Patrick Gunnarsson 1st Overall with Andrew Hill
2012 1st Overall with Richard Mountstephens 1st Overall with Glenn Horrocks
2011 2nd Overall with Lisa Grant DNS
2010 1st Overall with Andrew Black and Joel Mackay 2nd Overall with Andrew Hill, Ben Rattray and Steven Todkill
2009 1st with Michael Burton DNS

While Glenn’s performances are consistently outstanding, it should be noted that his 2020 partner, Richard Mountstephens, has won the last 6 Paddy Pallin events he has entered. So together they make an unbeatable team.

NSW Rogaining Participants in the Paddy Pallin Rogaine Event

There was a small controversy over the Mixed and Mixed Veteran’s winners. The team of Robert Hayen, Fiona Castle and Brian Brannigan had actually stopped during the event to help an injured member of another team and were compensated for time lost, giving them a course clearing score. It is a rule in rogaining that teams must abandon their course to assist teams in distress (Rule 32). This is essential in a sport where competitors are often many kilometres from the Hash House and also often in very remote bush. In this case Robert, Fiona and Brian were assisting Daniel Tiyches from team 43 who fell and sustained a nasty compound fracture of his little finger. A member of the public gave Daniel a lift to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he spent the night waiting for an operation to put his finger back together. Daniel is a bus driver so it might be a while before he is back at work. Daniel takes with him best wishes from the rogaining community for a speedy recovery.

57th Paddy Pallin NSW Rogaining Event

It was good to have the Hash House at Club Willoughby. While no food was served at the event, competitors could stay on as a Club patron to get some food and drink after they had finished the course. Given how hard the clubs have been hit by COVID-19 it was nice to see competitors spending some money at the Club after the event.

Overall, the 57th Paddy Pallin 6hr Rogaine was very warmly received by all competitors who appreciated the course with a combination of street and park terrain with stunning views over Middle Harbour and Sydney from many points on the course. It was really nice for NSW Rogaining to once again team up with Paddy Pallin to hold this important event in the rogaining calendar when so many other events have had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.


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About The Author

Chris Stevenson

My first rogaine was the 1994 Australian Rogaining Championships held at Bethungra NSW. My team and I got totally lost at night and slept on the ground until morning, at which point we could work out our location and keep going. From that time on I was hooked on rogaining. Since that time I have competed in over 100 rogaines. Aside from being on the organising committee, I am the webmaster for NSW Rogaining. What I love about rogaining, aside from the competition and comradeship, is that it gets you into parts of the Australian bush that are very rarely experienced.

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