Races 10 and 11 of the SILVA National League, both WOC trials, took place today in the cold and blustery conditions that befit ACT’s reputation. Race 10 was also the ACT Sprint Championships and was held around the Bruce CIT Campus, on a new map prepared by Grant Bluett.
Hanny Allston continued her preparation for the World Games, to be held in Taiwan in July, with a 42 second victory over Shannon Jones. Fellow World Games participant Kathryn Ewels took third. Bridget Anderson won a close battle with Belinda Lawford to take the junior women’s title.
In the men’s race, Julian Dent suffered his first loss of the season, falling to the ever present Simon Uppill. The two combatants form the male half of the World Games team and continue to challenge each other which should bode well for their aspirations in Taiwan. Dave Shepherd, returning from a serious ankle injury suffered last year, was third, 37 seconds adrift of Dent. Josh Blatchford seemed to have stormed in for a commanding victory but he had unfortunately missed a control meaning that Max Neve was the top Junior Elite – also ninth overall.
For the afternoon’s race, the ACT Middle Champs, the competition moved to Wild Deer Sands, east of Bungendore. Intricate mining terrain amongst low visibility casuarinas caused quite a few headaches around the courses. It was again Hanny Allston who rose above the rest in the women’s class with a dominating victory of over three minutes. Kathryn Ewels stood on the podium again, this time in second and Vanessa Round was third.
After being less then happy with his performance in the morning’s race Julian Dent went out with a point to prove, which he did. While not quite as dominant as Allston he still took the title with ease, swapping places with Uppill. Dave Shepherd was again third. Victoria’s Chris Naunton continues to pull out quality results and was fourth. Should he be able to sustain some consistency he may well find himself knocking on the selectors’ door when they select the WOC team later this week.