Day 2 of Easter, with the long course being run, is often the decisive day and it appears to be that way for some classes. Stand out performer was Simon Uppill (SA) who will take a good lead into Day 3 in men’s elite. He was pushed all the way today by Bendigo’s Bryan Keely. While Simon took the lead mid-race Bryan was closing the gap towards the end but Simon took a 1 minute victory with Dave Shepherd (ACT) a further 4 minutes back. Another Bendigo runner, Evan Barr ran impressively for fourth. Matt Crane (ACT) was forced to pull out half way around with injury. Simon has a 6 minute lead overall from Bryan Keely with Dave Shepherd lurking just 26 seconds further back.
Queenslander Rachel Effeney (85 mins) ran brilliantly today, leading from leg 4 onwards to finish 4 minutes up on Grace Crane (ACT), with Susanne Casanova (SA) again showing great form to be in third. Vanessa Round (SA), after being in second place mid course lost a massive 10 minutes on one leg to finish 10thwith 99 minutes. Grace has a 4 minute buffer overall on Susanne with Vanessa retaining 3rd place a further 2 minutes back.
Ollie Poland (ACT) again stamped his class on M20E with a 5 minute win over Max Neumann (Qld) and Kasimir Gregory (NSW) back another 2 minutes. Both Max and Oscar had 4 not so good legs which cost them time. Overall though Ollie has a 15 minute lead over WA’s Oscar McNulty with Ian Lawford (ACT) within a minute of him.
W20E saw a close race at the pointy end today. Heather Muir (Qld) produced her best run of the carnival to take a narrow 35 second win over another local Lillian Burrill with Amy Buckerfield (Tas) just another 3 minutes back. Overall Lillian takes a huge 12 minute lead into the final day from Jacqui Doyle (Qld) and Amy another minute further back.
Full results are available on the QOA website and the AO results section.