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Family fun . . . Vicki, Leonie (10), Ruben and Joshua (7) Groot are all smiles as they complete the course. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Smiles and enthusiasm were signs of a successful day on the hills for participants in Weston School’s first rogaine held last Sunday.

About 250 competitors and 30 volunteers took part in the Great Tussocky Road Treasure Hunt, on private hilly farmland on the corner of Tussocky and Kanes Rds, near Windsor.

The event was run as a replacement Home and School fundraiser for the cancelled fireworks evening usually run at this time of year.

Organiser Twyla Kingan said the event introduced a lot of new people to the sport of rogaining, which involved finding checkpoints and clues using a topographical map.

Teams plotted their own course and were allowed up to three hours to find as many checkpoints as possible.

Checkpoints varied in value from 10 to 100 points and the team with the most points was the winner.

Kingan said judging by the amount of smiles and enthusiasm on the course and the conversations and stories shared afterward, the day was a great success.

“Lots of new people were introduced to rogaine and experienced that amazing feeling of the sport,” she said.

The weather was perfect for the day and the positive feedback had been streaming in since Sunday, Kingan said.