Sunday June 19th saw 180 teams line up to start the NSW Rogaining Association 53rd Annual Paddy Pallin 6hr rogaine at the Central Coast’s Catherine Hill Bay. Despite constant and significant East Coast Low rain for the entire duration of the event, it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the competitors, most of whom just saw it as an added challenge and more motivation to just put their head down and keep moving. It was also a bonus to reach a creek crossing without having to worry about removing shoes in fear of getting wet feet! In which other sport would you get such a high participation rate in a certain down pour? In this event if you got a high pointer you deserved it, with the possible exception of 101 which was all about the views. Congratulations to the overall winners Greg Barbour and Richard Mountstephens, who collected 2080 of 2500 available points by covering in excess of 40km, a whopping 160 points ahead of 2nd place getters, making Richard a member of a winning team for 4 out of the past 5 PP events! Full results can be found at the NSW Rogaining Event page here. A Few Good Men (Team 97) Race Report Chris Stevenson The 2016 Paddy Pallin did not disappoint. The Bureau of Meteorology delivered the expected amount of rain. It rained 27.8mm during the 6 hours of the event. Looking around at the start there seemed to be three takes on how to dress for the weather: Wear very little and go hard to stay warm. Do what you can to stop the rain from getting in. Hybrid between 1. and 2. Token raincoat with light weight clothing. My team mates and I opted for option 3. I must admit I was mildly amused by some teams trying to keep their feet dry jumping little creeks just after the start, my strategy was don’t bother, get them wet and get used to it. In fact the warmest my feet were during the entire event was when a wave washed over them on the traverse between 32 and 74. Rogainers you have my respect. Out of 204 teams registered, when entries closed for the event, 181 teams competed so only 12% of teams decided to spend their day in a cafe rather than out in the rain. Just shows what a hardy (or slightly mad) bunch we rogainers are. I hadn’t rogained near Catherine Hill Bay before, I was sick for the last rogaine in the area and I admit I was not expecting the amount of bush we encountered, nor was I expecting as much complex navigation as we did. In fact I am embarrassed to admit we duffered control 91. We can see our route below: Wandering in circles Our compass bearing into 91 was pretty good. After skirting around the creek which looked very deep, we followed our compass bearing but stopped just 30 metres from the control and then decided to walk in circles for 30 minutes trying to understand what had gone wrong. What made matters worse was that I was leading at this stage, so I could not blame my team mates. At least we found the control in the end. I felt better when I spoke to another team at the finish who looked for 91 and didn’t find it. It is amazing what a lonely place a rogaine can be when you are off the main path. I am pleased to report that control 91 was our only real error, every other control more of less went to plan and we ended up with 1050 points. I can’t help thinking what might have been if we hadn’t lost that precious 30 minutes. I also can’t help wondering what that event would be like in the dry. It certainly would have been a different experience. The view were spectacular in the rain and the mist, they would have been very special on a nice day. Overall I had a lot of fun and I really appreciate the efforts of all the volunteers for their hard work in making an event like this happen and thanks also to the Catherine Hill Bay Bowling Club who will be spending a lot of tomorrow cleaning rogainer’s mud off their floor. I normally do not eat much after events but today I stuffed myself with two sausage sandwiches, thanks to Waitara Scouts. Also thanks to the Paddy Pallin organisation and Chris Mein for their continued support of our sport. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.