Julian Dent continued his unbeaten run in the 2010 SILVA National League at today’s ACT Sprint Championships at Buckenderra. Dent was very pleased with his run through the mixture of the village setting and granite scrub. He outclassed his rivals to win the Men’s Senior Elite title and finished one minute ahead of Simon Uppill from South Australia. Dave Shepherd was only seconds behind Uppill but again finished in third position – both Uppill and Shepherd have shared the minor placings behind Dent in the past 5 National League races. This is Dent’s last weekend of races in Australia before heading overseas to train and race in Sweden.
Shannon Jones continued her from the last day of easter twenty10 to win the Senior Women’s Elite class. Vanessa Round showed once again her consistency and solid form to place second, only 20 seconds down on Jones. A further minute back was Queenslander Anna Sheldon to round out the placings.
The Junior Men’s Elite class was the closest race of the day with one second separating the first three places. Joshua Neumann, one of the lesser known of the strong Queensland Neumann clan, outshone his more fancied rivals to take out his first National League victory. ACT duo Lachlan Dow and Ian Lawford tied for second only one second behind Neumann.
ACT’s Belinda Lawford produced a solid run to claim first place, backing up from her victory in Monday’s SILVA National League race. Sarah Buckerfield, a new resident to Canberra, finished in second with Queenslander Lillian Burrill in third. All three girls will be representing Australia at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark in July.
In the competitive Men’s 50 class, Newcastle’s Russell Blatchford won the grudge match against Canberran Grant McDonald. McDonald will be looking to turn the table tomorrow in the ACT Middle Championships at Buckenderra. The Women’s 50 class was a tight affair with Anthea Feaver claiming victory over Jenny Bourne by some seconds. Both Feaver and Bourne represented Australia at the World Orienteering Championships back in the eighties and early nineties.