Uppill and Allston on top again

Joshua Blatchford

Josh Blatchford

Simon Uppill and Hanny Allston took their second victories of the weekend in the Queensland Long Distance Champs. The terrain was much similar to yesterday’s with some steeper sections and thicker bush in the creeks to keep competitors honest.

James Bradshaw (NZL) came storming out of the blocks to lead for the first two controls but then Simon Uppill (OH-S) took control of the race and never relinquished the lead. Grant Bluett (AO-A) completed a repeat quinella from yesterday taking second whilst Craig Dufty (BO-W) scored his best NOL result since 2003 when he beat Darren Ashmore (NZL) into third.

Hanny Allston (AL-T) continued her success with a dominating fourteen minute victory over Amber Morrison (NZL). Allston won the first split by over a minute and never looked back. Susanne Casanova (WA-S)took the final podium position, Lene Godager (UG-Q) had third until she lost 4 minutes at the 11th.

The Men’s Junior Elite top three was separated by only 46 seconds with Oliver Mitchell (UG-Q) heading Josh Blatchford (NC-N) and Oscar Phillips (EV-T). Laurina Neumann (EN-Q) had it easier in the Junior Womens class, beating out two Kiwis, Angela Simpson and Kate Morrison.

Full results and splits here.

Competitors have a day of respite on Monday to relax and enjoy the beaches and cafes before the Australian Schools Champs and supporting SILVA NOL races and public race on Tuesday morning.