The “Rock Oyster” map northwest of Mannum was the setting for the Australian Relay Championships. The relay courses offered route choice across the spur-gully mallee covered terrain with deeply incised creeks and gullies. Most courses offered competitors the choice of straighter routes across the gullies vs. longer routes along the ridge tops or around the lower slopes.
Consistent runs by all three members of the ACT M21E team of Grant Bluett, Dave Shepherd and Rob Walter, enabled them to hold off the NSW despite the fastest split of the day by Julian Dent on the last leg.Victoria was 3rd and SA 4th.. ACT completed the 3 man course in 133:23, and NSW 134:26, with each leg about 7.8 km in length.
In W21E, the Victorian women’s trailed the ACT after the first leg. Jasmine Neve was the lead out for Victoria and Jo Allison for the ACT. However Natasha Key overtook Mace Neve on the second leg, handing over to Kathryn Ewels with a 23 second lead. Kathryn extended the lead slightly over the final leg against ACT runner Shannon Jones. The Victorians’ time was 124:54 and ACT 125:42. Qld was 3rd and SA again 4th.
SA teams to do well were the M45A team of Phil Hazell, Steve Cooper and Dave Nicolson who were 3rd, the W21AS team of Lexie Ashforth, Rebecca Davill and Helen Mason-Fyfe who were first, Zara Soden, Robin Uppill and Anne Cooling 2nd in W35A and Frank Tomas, Jim Rathjen and John Williams third in M65A.
Links to all carnival results – Results
View a leg in the M21E course