Tight battle looms in Easter men’s competition

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A tight battle looms for the lead going into the last day of the Easter 3-Days in M21E, while Lizzie Ingham continues to dominate the women’s event.

Matt Crane was well down the list in places yesterday (although only four minutes in time), but he recovered today with a comfortable win in the long distance on the tough physical granite terrain of Mount Alexander. He was three and half minutes ahead of Simon Uppill, a result which will leave them only seconds apart going into the final day. Lachlan Dow continued a consistent week with third.

There will be no such close contest at the front in W21E, where Lizzie Ingham’s lead is approaching double figures. She won today by six minutes, completely dominating the second half of the course – she won the last nine splits. Grace Crane was next in line, just ahead of Lauren Gillis who achieved a career-best result.

The junior women will have a tight race on the final day. Jacqui Doyle had her second win of the weekend today after a consistent run, two minutes ahead of Heather Muir, and will take that as a lead into tomorrow. Oliver Poland will have a more comfortable break thanks to a four-minute margin over Brodie Nankervis (not in overall contention after a Friday mispunch), with Ian Lawford his closest overall challenger.

Results and splits are available.