The International Rogaining Federation (IRF) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced rogainers to act as the IRF Event Adviser for the 2019 and/or 2020 World Rogaining Championships (WRC)

 

The role of the IRF WRC Event Adviser is set out in the IRF’s WRC Host Agreement which states:

 

The IRF shall appoint a WRC Event Adviser, who is not a citizen or resident of the WRC Host nation, for the WRC. This Event Adviser shall act as the IRF’s representative in directly overviewing the conduct of the WRC and shall act with the authority of the IRF WRC Manager in this regard.

 

The WRC Host shall cooperate fully with the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser including providing them in a timely manner with any and all technical and administrative data that they reasonably request. This shall include the WRC map and course at appropriate stages during their development. The WRC Host shall address all comments and concerns reasonably raised by the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser.

 

Where the WRC Host and the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser are unable to reach agreement on any matter the following resolution shall be applied:

a.       In respect of technical matters the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser shall be the final authority

b.       In respect of all other matters the issue shall be referred to the IRF WRC Manager for direction

For the purpose of this clause technical matters include:

·       Mapping, map preparation, map scale, contour interval, map standards, checkpoint marking and map printing, including the material on which the map is printed

·       Course setting including; course design, checkpoint locations, checkpoint descriptions, points allocation to checkpoints and water point locations and distribution

·       Safety management planning and implementation

·       Checkpoint recording, event management and scoring system(s)

The IRF’s WRC Event Adviser shall determine if they, or their representative, require to visit the WRC location ahead of the event in order to verify checkpoint locations and/or other aspects of the WRC. Should such a visit be considered appropriate by the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser the WRC Host will coordinate the timing of this visit to ensure that it is suitable for all parties and occurs sufficiently in advance of the WRC to allow any required adjustments to be implemented. The WRC Host is responsible for providing local (to the event site) transport and accommodation for the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser or their representative for any such visit. All other costs associated with the visit are the responsibility of the IRF.

 

Notwithstanding the involvement of the IRF’s WRC Event Adviser and the IRF WRC Manager the WRC Host remains solely responsible for the successful conduct of the WRC. Should the WRC Host consider at any time that direction by the IRF WRC Manager or IRF’s WRC Event Adviser could jeopardise this success they shall immediately refer their concerns to the IRF President in writing.

 

The 2019 WRC will be held in the Pyrenees mountains straddling the border of Spain (Catalonia) and France on 27th and 28th July 2019. It is expected that the IRF Event Adviser will be required to spend up to two weeks in the area at some time during the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2018 (June to September)

 

The 2020 WRC will be held in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California east of San Francisco on 1st and 2nd August 2020. It is expected that the IRF Event Adviser will be required to spend up to two weeks in the area at some time during the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2019 (June to September) and a further period on site 1 to 3 months ahead of the WRC in 2020. This second visit is expected to be warranted due to the potential impact of heavy snow falls on the heavily wooded event site during the winter of 2019/2020.

 

It is critically important that anyone taking the role of IRF Event Adviser be a highly experienced rogainer, rogaine event organiser and course setter. It is equally as important that they be able to work collaboratively and cooperatively with the WRC organising team and achieve success through influence rather than direction wherever practical. They should also have experience in working with people from different cultural backgrounds.

 

For the 2019 WRC it would be extremely valuable if the Event Adviser had Spanish language skills to assist to minimise risk of mis-communication.

 

Economy class return air travel will be provided from the Event Adviser’s nearest capital city to an airport agreed with the relevant WRC Host. If the Event Adviser wishes to combine their visit to the WRC event location with other personal travel this will be able to be accommodated. The WRC Host will provide all required ground transport and accommodation at the WRC event site.

 

The IRF WRC Event Adviser role is critical to the success of the WRCs. Anyone who may be interested in taking one or both of these roles, or just in finding out more about them, is urged to contact IRF President, Richard Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +61407 880 681

Motion Put To IRF Council

That the World Rogaining Championships shall be held every second year, beginning in 2019 or 2020 as decided by the IRF Council.

Proposed by: David Rowlands (AUS)
Seconded by: Miroslav Seidl (CZE)
Date: 16 June 2017

Summary

From 1996 to 2012 WRCs were successfully conducted every two years. At the beginning of the current decade, there was a flurry of interest in conducting WRCs from new IRF members which led to WRCs being held each year from 2012 until 2017. This demand has now subsided and there will be no WRC in 2018, due to lack of proposals from suitable hosts.

ARA’s Rationale

The Australian Rogaining Association (ARA) believes that the WRC should be conducted every second year, as it was until 2012. This remains a significant issue affecting Australian rogainers, which ARA has been requested to address. The IRF’s survey in 2014 and discussion with other IRF member countries indicates strong support from members in the southern hemisphere and many groups in the northern hemisphere.

IRF Policy

Currently, the IRF is holding a World Championship as often as once a year if there are acceptable proposals from member countries. However, the IRF Council has never established a formal policy for the frequency of WRCs. In April 2011, Members were asked to vote for a WRC in 2013 (which lead to WRCs in consecutive years 2012-2014). It was made clear at the time that this vote related to the 2013 event alone.

Attachments:
Download this file (WRC frequency Motion 2017 ARA submitted.pdf)WRC frequency Motion 2017 ARA submitted.pdf[WRC Frequency Motion]82 kB
Read more: IRF Motion: WRC Every Two Years

"The Emperor" Australasian Championship was organised by NZRA on 11-12 February near Waikaia, on New Zealand's south island. There were 92 controls set on a 300 sq km mixture of open hills and farmland flats with pockets of native vegetation and scrub, on the most detailed map produced for a New Zealand rogaine. The weather was fine with cloud at night obscuring the full moon, and fortunately expected rain held off until the next day.
Clear winners were Greig Hamilton and Chris Forne from New Zealand, with Australians David Baldwin, Julie Quinn and Gill Fowler second, then New Zealand's Phil Wood and Ange West in third place.

Winners of the open categories were:

  • Greig Hamilton, Chris Forne (NZL) - 1st Mens Open
  • Tamsin Barnes (AUS), Janet Musker (NZL) - 1st Womens Open (also 1st Womens Veteran)
  • David Baldwin, Julie Quinn, Gill Fowler (AUS) - 1st Mixed Open

Other Australian category placegetters:

  • Coleen Mock, Colin Mock - 1st Mixed Ultra Veteran, 3rd Mixed Super Veteran
  • Don Baker, Vic Sedunary - 1st Mens Ultra Veteran
  • Mike Hotchkis, Walter Kelemen - 2nd Mens Super Veteran
  • Marina Honey, Stephen Honey - 2nd Mixed Super Veteran
  • Sue Clarke, Nihal Danis - 2nd Womens Super Veteran
  • Andrew Baker, Kevin Humphrey - 3rd Mens Veteran
  • Andrew Smith, Toni Bachvarova - 3rd Mixed Veteran

The results are now available on the NZRA website.

ACTRA hosted the 38th Australian Rogaining Championship near Cooma NSW on 6-7 May 2017. The "Ridgy Didge" event provided detailed spur gully terrain and open forest. Weather was fine but the night dipped below zero. The All Night Cafe's culinary delights were a highlight. There were 320 competitors in 140 teams. Julie Quinn and David Baldwin from ACT won overall by a clear margin, followed by Thomas Brazier and Paul Cuthbert also from ACT, then Paul Guard and Tony Scott from Qld.

Winners of the open categories were:

  • Julie Quinn, David Baldwin (ACT), First Mixed
  • Thomas Brazier, Paul Cuthbert (ACT), First Men
  • Gill Fowler, Jess Baker (NSW), First Women

The Intervarsity Championship attracted 19 teams, and was won by Fergus Macleod and Max Messenger from ANU, who were also the top team in Mens U23. The Interstate challenge was won by ACTRA with a record score of 29.5 points.

The full results are now available on the ACTRA website.

Entries for the 2017 Australian Rogaining Championships entries are now open. The event will be held on 6-7 May near Cooma, NSW. The 2017 Intervarsity rogaining championships will also be held in conjunction with the event. Australian University Sports

Former world rogaining category champions, Ron Simpson and Jean Douglass, have set a course of very high standard. The area is ideal for rogaining: attractive open woodlands in spur and gully terrain, allowing fast and comfortable travel, with views towards the coast and back to the Snowy Mountains. You will see the remains of 19th century gold mining activity, and you may even hear or see the area’s famed bark-eating koalas!

The ARC 2017 website http://arc2017.act.rogaining.org.au is chock-full of information and photos, and this is where you enter. If you are a true-blue rogainer, you’ll get along to the Ridgy Didge 2017 Australian Rogaining Championships!

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