Ian “Ezy” Meyer has broken into the placings of the SILVA National League round today at Buckenderra. It has been the same three places in the Men’s Senior Elite over the past 6 races and finally Meyer bumped David Shepherd off the podium. However, it was business as usual at the top end with Julian Dent continuing his clean sweep of races with a commanding three minute victory over Simon Uppill. The granite terrain and steep hillsides suited Dent and no one could match his pace out in the forest today. Dent will be looking to make it 10 wins from 10 starts in 2010 tomorrow with the ACT Long Distance Championships to be held at Glenbrook.
The roles reversed in the Women’s Elite today with South Australia’s Vanessa Round taking the victory two minutes clear of Shannon Jones. It was a tight fight for the minor placings with Jones narrowly beating Victoria’s Kathryn Ewels by 8 seconds and Ewels in turn beating ACT’s Jo Allison by 4 seconds. Jo Allison has recently returned from a maternity break and her result today shows that she will soon be back to her form of old.
Ian and Belinda Lawford both had victories in their respective Junior Elite classes. It was Ian’s first SILVA National League win while sister Belinda made it three wins in a row. In the Men’s Junior Elite Lachlan Dow was absent from today’s race as he was the course setter along with fellow junior Luke Poland. Kurt Neumann from QLD and 2009 Australian Champion Max Neve placed second and third respectively.
Belinda’s performance in the Junior Women’s Elite was 4 minutes clear of second placed Jacqui Doyle of Queensland. Doyle is still eligible for the Women’s 16 class but has decided to take the challenge of the Junior Elite and succeeded with her first SILVA National League podium place. Sarah Buckerfield placed third.