Another glorious Tasmanian day greeted participants at Diddleum Plains, 45km east of Launceston. The venue was located at 600m elevation and with Mt Barrow as a dramatic backdrop. The courses finished with a tough section up a marshy hillside in full view of spectators. The terrain varied from open farmland with scattered marshes to sections of dense Eucalypt plantations.
Hanny Allston was the first finisher in the Women’s elite class, and remained on top of the results board for the remainder of the afternoon. Victoria’s Jasmine Neve had a strong run to finish 2mins down and Southern Arrow Susanne Casanova was 3rd.
A battle is forming in the men’s elite class between NSW Stinger Julian Dent and Southern Arrow Simon Uppill. Dent was again the victor, by 40secs, but the pair were a long way in front of the rest of the field. Cockatoo Rob Walter had an impressive run to finish in 3rd place and move up many places on the overall rankings.
Victoria’s Leon Keely had a convincing win in the Junior Men’s Elites class. His 1min27sec winning margin over Lachlan Dow helped Keely make up for a poor result in yesterday’s sprint. Josh Blatchford (NSW) finished 3rd and now leads the 2-day cumulative results.
Belinda Lawford (ACT) picked up her second win in a row, and starting to build a lead in the Junior National League. Bridget Anderson finished 1min40secs behind Lawford and moved into 2nd place cummulative. Queensland’s Lillian Burrill had her best Junior Elite result to finish 3rd, just ahead of a tightly bunched group down to 8th place.