Rogainers run riot at Joanna

The South Australian Rogaining Association "Conquering Cave Country" rogaining event was held last Saturday and Sunday in near perfect weather.

The event was held south of Naracoorte with the start/finish location (called the hash house) based at Joanna Hall. Fifty teams entered two concurrent competitions, that were 8 and 15 hours in length.

Participants were of all ages, from the very young to very mature, and ranged from experienced competitors to novices and those who just wanted to enjoy the challenge.

The course contained a variety of terrains comprising native scrub, farming pasture, cave country, swamps and forests. Navigation of the course, using only a map and compass, was done during the day, but also night.

The winning team for the 8-hour event was a local novice team comprising of Rob Handbury, Matthew Drew, Naomi Feder, Craig Brewin and Luke Crossling ahead of 17 other teams with a total of 810 points.

Stephen Gray and Cath Docker won the 15-hour event over 31 other teams with 1960 points.

Some competitors stayed in Naracoorte during the event, while SARA president Kate Corner warmed up for the event with her teammates by running the Naracoorte Lake parkrun on Saturday morning.

Organisers thanked local landowners, Naracoorte Lucindale Council, Naracoorte Caves, Forestry SA and Joanna Hall.