Orienteers excel at The North Face 100km Ultramarathon

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Orienteers did really well in the North Face 100km running race last weekend in the rugged Blue Mountains.

Overseas runners took the first 3 places with Kilian Jornet from Spain winning in an incredible 9 hrs 19 mins.  ACT orienteers were right up there with Rob Walter placing 8th in 10.55 and Grant Bluett next in at 11.06.   Occasional orienteer and former MTBO Australian rep, Julie Quinn paced herself well, and  moved through the overseas female runners during the second half of the race and literally sprinted to a 50 second win in a time of 11.39.  Julie placed 20th out of the 850 starters and smashed her previous race record by 34 minutes.

The Winter Classic in Victoria saw three tremendous orienteering races held in Castlemaine and nearby areas over the weekend.  The overall trophy winners were Laurina Neumann and Bruce Arthur who had the best cumulative times in the open classes.  However junior Ian Lawford ran up and impressed with a win in the middle distance event and a close 3rd in the long.
Placegetters were:

Sprint:Results Splits
Rob Preston, Evan Barr, David Brownridge; Vanessa Round, Jasmine Neve, Laurinna Neumann

Middle: Results Splits
Ian Lawford,Evan Barr, Bruce Arthur; Laurina Neumann, Ainslinn Prendergast, Jenny Casanova

Long: Results Splits
Bryan Keely, Bruce Arthur, Ian Lawford; Kathryn Ewels, Vanessa Round, Laurina Neumann.

3 time champion Eddie Wymer presenting  the Winter Classic tophies to Laurina Neumann and Bruce Arthur

3 time champion Eddie Wymer presenting
the Winter Classic trophies to Laurina Neumann and Bruce Arthur