Canberra Cockatoos maintain their lead in the National Orienteering League

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The Canberra Cockatoos consolidated their lead in the National Orienteering League over the three races of the Anzac weekend, stretching their break to 18 points after seven rounds. The big movers of the weekend were the NSW Stingers, who took advantage of home ground to turn a three-point deficit into a seven-point lead over the Victorian Nuggets at the end of the weekend; the Queensland Cyclones also had a good weekend to move into a clear fourth place.

After the Middle Distance Championships, the weekend was completed with a long(ish) distance race at Dungeree Forest on Sunday and a sprint in Sydney on Monday. Grant Bluett recovered from missing out at Ganguddy to win both races, giving him the lead in the individual league. In both races he had narrow wins over Julian Dent. On Sunday the gap was only 16 seconds; Dent led for most of the way but could not quite finish it off. Dave Shepherd was third on Sunday, with the sprint the placings being completed by Tom Quayle, who missed the longer weekend races due to an Achilles tendon injury but was able to get through 14 minutes without much difficulty.

Jo Allison won impressively on the Sunday, reversing Saturday’s loss to Tracy Bluett with an impressive four-minute victory. Hanny Allston was again third. The sprint result was more of a surprise, with Anna Danielsson, newly arrived from Sweden this year, breaking through for her first major win in Australian competition with a narrow win over Bluett. Allison was third, but retains a comfortable lead in the League over Alston, with Bluett in third place.