Shepherd and Allston take out national titles

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Dave Shepherd and Hanny Allston are the Australian Long Distance orienteering champions after winning the open classes at the Championships on Saturday.

Shepherd was a commanding winner in M21E, finishing ten minutes clear of the field after an especially dominant first half; he was already eight minutes ahead by halfway. It was his third title in four years. His closest challenger was the New Zealander Karl Dravitzki, with Eric Morris completing the placings.

Allston was not as dominant as she can be, and some errors in the first half saw her trailing Grace Elson at times. She was still only 16 seconds ahead at the ninth control, beyond halfway, but took control over the second half of the course to extend her lead to three and a half minutes. Elson was second, just ahead of Jo Allison after a steady run.

Louis Elson backed up from a busy JWOC week to win M17-20E by six minutes from Bryan Keely, whilst W17-20E was won by nine minutes by Mariann Ulvestad, twin sister of dual JWOC gold medallist Siri. Aislinn Prendergast was the best Australian to complete an excellent week, just ahead of Krystal Neumann.