Matt Crane and Lizzie Ingham got off to a good start over the Easter weekend with wins in the Good Friday prologue at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
The two races were in marked contrast to each other. Ingham was in a tight battle over the first half of the course with Hanny Allston, making her return to high-level orienteering after a long break. She edged ahead after halfway, before a small margin was turned into a large one when Allston lost 55 seconds on #16. Her gap ended up being nearly a minute and a half over Allston, with Jasmine Neve in third place.
The three leading men were separated by only five seconds. Crane got off to a wobbly start when he lost time on the first control. For most of the course the lead was contested by Bryan Keely, on home ground, and Simon Uppill, but Crane gradually whittled the lead back and hit the front for the first time with three controls to go. He ended up scoring by two seconds from Keely, with Uppill three seconds further back.
The Canberra Cockatoos’ sweep of the prologue races was completed in the junior classes. Oliver Poland was ahead of Ian Lawford in M17-20E, while Jacqui Doyle had a good win over former Queensland teammate Heather Muir in W17-20E.
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