Wellington Last Night, Christchurch Tonight

Afterwork Rogaines All the Go

74 rogainers lit up the MTB carpark in the Wellington suburb of Karori last night. At 6:30 they headed down South Karori Rd, up Wrights Hill, towards Karori Park or directly into the Makara Peak MTB Park. While night navigation has been shunned by traditional orienteers a whole new group is revelling it it!

Multisporters Al Cross and Jill Westenra topped the results, ahead of James and Matt Flannery. But solo Greg Thurlow scored 10 points higher, landing up in 4th after a 2min lateness and his 10% was deducted. Third place was claimed by Barryn Westfield and Fanny Lariviere.

Other notables were Jo and Andrew (5th), if that's Andrew McLellan he's the president of the Makara Peak Supporters, a body of volunteers largely responsible for creating and maintaining the network of MTB tracks on Makara Peak, and probably some of those in Karori Park and Wrights Hill. Thanks Andrew. Sue and Graeme (6th) - that's Graeme Silcock, leading light in the HVMTB Club, showing he's handy on two feet as well:-)) Karen and Jason (7th) - it was Karen's birthday:-)) Mick and Nic (8th=) - Mick Finn is the designer of the national orienteering magazine, a glossy full-colour quarterly which covers rogaining and MTBO as well as traditional orienteering. Subscribe through any orienteering club.

And the second event of the Mainland Great Outdoors Taylors Mistake Rogaine Series will be held tonight. The registration area is on Somes Rd Lyttleton. Registration will open from 5.30, there will be a briefing at 6pm and the race will start at 6.10.

To get to the start, get to Lyttleton either by the tunnel or Evans Pass then use the map. Basically take the main road up the hill from the bottom of Lyttleton then hang a left at the top (there is limited parking, please park carefully on the side of the road.) There will be NO signs out.

Organiser recommends warm clothes it can get pretty chilly up there, a good torch (maybe 2), a whistle (please) and maybe a compass (not vital). Entries on the day will be available, so if you have any friends who have been indecisive then bring them along. Colour maps will now be available for on-the-day entrants.

This page was written by and installed on 23 Jun 05.