The final of the Ultimax Sydney Sprints was held on Monday on the grounds around Macquarie University. Ben Rattray re-mapped the area especially for the event, and Ian Meyer set a 2.6km course with many tough route choice decisions. At the end of the day, Rattray’s familiarity enabled the quickest time of the day ahead of Stingers Andy Hill and Peter Preston. Orla Murray finished a strong campaign by winning the last race ahead of Cathy McComb and a brilliant effort from Sue Thomson (showing young sprightly form).
Overall series winners (male and female) were awarded to Mark Shingler and Cathy McComb (Stingers are ineligible for the award). The two showed great form throughout the season. A number of random prizes were also awarded thanks to Berghaus and Ultimax resulting in a number of happy faces and a few pairs of happy feet.
The Ultimax Sprints have provided the NSW Stingers with great race practice leading up to the first NOL races in March. The team has also gained valuable experience in course-setting, event organisation and use of the Sport Ident Software. Stay tuned for details of the 2007 Ultimax Sprints, which will continue to provide fast pace, interesting courses in classic Sydney locations.
Full results and maps from the 2006 Ultimax Sprints can be found at http://sydneysprints.blogspot.com/