Battle for WOC Spots Begins

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The SILVA National League resumed today in St Helens, Tasmania. The morning sprint, through open forest punctuated with tricky granite and pockets of thick bush. The races for the weekend are the WOC trials and National Leagues 10–12.

Al Jones was expected to post an early leading time in the women’s but was undone when she punched the wrong last control. Her sister Shannon kept the Jones spirit alive with a quick time to take second ahead the NSW veteran Tracy Bluett looking to make a comeback to the international stage, Shannon however has not nominated for WOC. Jasmine Neve did her chances for a WOC spot no harm by with a convincing 18 second victory. Jo Allison was 3 seconds ahead of Easter winner Kathryn Ewels with junior Rachel Effeney rounding out the top 6.

Rob Walter had a barnstorming run to smash the men’s field by 39 seconds. Ben Rattray showed his recent heat-stressed training method is working taking second.  Leading WOC contender Kerrin Rattray came in behind his brother, a further 18seconds adrift. With neither Rob nor Ben nominating Kerrin seems to be in the box seat for a run in the Czech Republic in August.  JWOC speedster Leon Keely showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in Sweden taking 4th seconds ahead of his uncle, Jim Russell. Another old hand, Eric Morris finished in 6th.

Results up soon.

Men’s map and GPS routes (download)