Julian Dent was the standout performance in the opening stage of the easter twenty10 carnival held in Canberra today. Despite a small hiccup heading towards the last control, Dent, a NSW Stinger, clocked 15:14 for the 3.5km course in the urban jungle of Campbell. Dent’s time was 44 seconds ahead of South Australian’s Simon Uppill and local Canberran David Shepherd was a further 38 seconds adrift in third place.
In the Women’s Elite, Victorian’s Jasmine Neve edged out Queensland Cyclone member Rachel Effeney by four seconds and both had a clear margin over third place – Susanne Casanova of South Australia. Neve showed she is back to the form that has given her selection on the Australian team in recent years. 5th place getter from the 2009 World Orienteering Championships Kathryn Ewels had some difficulty amongst the complex campus and finished in 15th place. Ewels will be looking to make up that time over the next three days.
The Junior Elite Men’s class was a tight affair with the first 6 placegetters only separated by 9 seconds. The experienced Leon Keely (Vic) came out on top, two seconds clear of New South Welshman Josh Blatchford who had a strong run after returning from injury. 15 year old local Oliver Poland rounded out the placings finishing 3 seconds behind first place.
In the Women’s Junior class, Tasmanian Sarah Buckerfield who has recently moved to Canberra to study, proved the move was worthwhile as she secured an excellent start to her Easter campaign. Lillian Burrill of Queensland had a solid run to place second and Georgia Parsons continued her recent good form
Tomorrow’s event takes us on a journey from the urban maze to the wilds of Namadgi National Park with the elites running a middle race at Gudgenby Homestead.