Rogaine win for young team

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A strong field in a rogaine event near Wanaka last weekend reflected a growing interest in the sport, the organiser of the event said.

About 130 people took part in the Holy Family School rogaine on the Corbridge Downs estate, near Wanaka airport, on Saturday. The event was a fundraiser for the school.

Rogaining is a cross-country navigation sport similar to orienteering, but requires you to visit as many control sites on a course as you can within a set time limit. However, some controls are worth more points than others, so competitors need to be strategic when working out how to navigate the course.

The Holy Family School event was a three-hour one with 29 controls.

Organiser Ed Stevens, of Highland Events, said interest in rogaining was growing and it was a strong field that took part in the Wanaka event.

Vicky Sandford and Mark Cockroft, of Wanaka, won the adult category and John McKinnel, Stacey McKinnel (13) and Cory Wright (9), of Ettrick, won the family category.

Josh Scarlett (14), Sienna Casbolt (14), Will Nelson (15) and Joey Vilela (14), all of Alexandra, won the junior division. Their team, which normally has a fifth member, Fraser Hart (13), also won the junior division of a rogaine in Arrowtown several weeks ago.

Mr Stevens said they received “great feedback” about the course and it was great to see more people doing rogaine.

Another rogaine event is being organised by Highland Events on the Pisa Range on December 3. For more information, go to www.highlandevents.co.nz.