NSW’s Julian Dent and South Australia’s Vanessa Round are easter twenty10 champions – after 4 days of competition the pair have come out on top in the Men’s and Women’s Elite classes at the national event which wrapped up in Collector today.
Julian Dent made it look easy on the day having started with a 10 minute lead over his closest rivals Simon Uppill and Dave Shepherd. Dent was relentless in his pursuit of Easter glory and stated that he had a smooth run on Ben Rattray’s course. Dent’s plan to change his speed accordingly in the low-visibility areas of Collector Hill paid off as he emerged from the forest in a class of his own. Dent is looking forward to next weekend’s set of races in the Snowy Mountains before heading overseas to compete on the world stage in Sweden. Simon Uppill (SA) and Dave Shepherd (ACT) produced solid runs to finish 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s Elite.
It was a closer affair in the Women’s Elite with Vanessa Round causing a minor upset by starting in 3rd position, over 5 minutes down on Victoria’s Jasmine Neve, and crossing the line in first. Round passed team mate Susanne Casanova out in the forest as well as Neve who said she had some difficulties out in the forest today. Neve could not match the pace of Round, who is known for her strength in tough terrain. Neve held on to silver spot and Casanova the bronze.
The Men’s Junior Elite title was claimed by ACT’s Lachlan Dow with fellow team mate Oliver Poland starting and finishing in 2nd place. Queensland’s Kurt Neumann snatched third place from Ian Lawford. Neumann set a blistering pace early on and his time ended up being the fastest of the day.
Sarah Buckerfield and her Tasmanian comrade Claire Butler (pictured) made it one-two in the Women’s Junior Elite, although Queensland’s Lillian Burrill spoiled the Tassie trifecta by overtaking Brea Pearce in the forest. The fastest time of the day came from local favourite Belinda Lawford who started well after the main group due to a disqualification in the prologue on Friday. The Junior World Orienteering Championship (JWOC) selectors will have a tough job in picking the Australian team to compete at JWOC in Denmark later this year. The selectors should make their decision public later this week.
The easter twenty10 competition finished today but the focus moves to next weekend’s set of races at Buckenderra and Glenbrook. The easter twenty10 organising committee would like to thank our amazing 100+ volunteers for helping make the carnival a success and to over 900 competitors for coming! See you at the Snowy Treble next week!