After a disappointing start to her Easter twenty10 campaign Kathryn Ewels showed her class with a comfortable win in the Women’s Elite class today. Ewels handled the intricacies of the Kowen pine forest better than her rivals, to finish three minutes clear of South Australian Susanne Casanova. In third place was Queenslander Anna Sheldon. Going into the final day’s chasing start, Victoria’s Jasmine Neve has a two minute lead overall ahead of Casanova, with Casanova’s team mate Vanessa Round in third position.
Julian Dent again dominated the field in the men’s race clocking an impressive 74 minutes and 16 seconds for his 15.5 km course through the hilly Kowen terrain. His time was six minutes clear of South Australian Simon Uppill in second place and Canberran David Shepherd was a further two minutes in third.
Dent will be heading off to Europe to compete after the weekend and is eager to see how his scintillating form in Australia will compare against the world’s best when he toes the line in the prestigious Tiomila relay in Sweden. Dent goes into the final day with a ten minute margin to Uppill with Shepherd heading out in third position.
Prologue victor Tasmanian Sarah Buckefield recovered from a below par performance yesterday to score her second victory of the week in the Junior Women’s Elite class. Yesterday’s winner and fellow Tasmanian Claire Butler had another solid race to come home in second place with Canberra’s Georgia Parsons finishing in third. Buckerfield has a two minute advantage over Butler heading into the final day.
Local boys dominated the Junior Men’s Elite class, filling all three places on the podium in today’s long distance race. Yesterday’s winner Lachlan Dow backed up for another victory today. Second place went to the young Oliver Poland who has had a consistent Easter weekend with two third placings prior to today’s result. Third position was claimed by Ian Lawford. Lawford has fallen just outside the places in the first two races, but with today’s result he moved up to third in the overall. The three Canberrans will head out in the first three positions in tomorrow’s chasing start, in the same order as today’s results.
In other classes Geoff Lawford is leading the Men’s 55 ahead of World Masters Games champion Paul Pacque. Geoff’s partner and multiple World Masters Champion Jenny Bourne is running down an age class but has still managed to establish a ten minute lead over Anthea Feaver. Maureen Ogilvie has a 15 minute lead in the Women’s 75 class over Sue Mount. Neil Schafer is six minutes up on Ron Lange in the Men’s 80.