Uppill wins Oceania Long Distance Champs

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The 2009 Oceania Champion is Simon Uppill after a convincing victory today. Courses were once again relatively long, but Uppill dominated from start to finish winning more than half of the legs and beating 2nd placed Finn Miika Hernelahti by 6 minutes. Australians Eric Morris and Ben Rattray were 3rd and 4th respectively.

The women’s elite race was won by another Finn, Mari Vaananen, but the resident championship will go to Lizzie Ingham. A solid run from Laurina Neumann, in her first year as a senior, saw her as best Australian in 9th place.

Australian results in other classes included Josh Blatchford (2nd in M20), Belinda Lawford (3rd in W20), Kurt Neumann (winner in M16) and Alex Tarr (1st in M65). Full results available here.