Lizzie Ingham made it three out of three in the long distance event at the SILVA National League weekend in Canberra. This time she was untroubled, already having a decent gap on the field by the fifth control. By that stage she had caught four minutes on Kathryn Preston, and the two were together for most of the rest of the course, with Preston taking second place. Grace Crane completed the placings.
Rob Walter was many people’s choice for the long distance race given his third in the sprint and recent endurance running form. For the first 80% of the course he lived up to that, taking an early lead after Matt Crane lost some time on the early controls. He was still two minutes in front at 22 – but then missed 23 altogether. That left the way open for Crane, who had also trailed Lachlan Dow through the first half of the course but got the edge on him through two butterfly loops towards the end. Evan Barr was third, an excellent result after returning from Sweden for the trials.
Matt Doyle took his first junior National League win after a close, fluctuating battle with Ian Lawford and Brodie Nankervis, whilst Heather Muir came out on top over the Victorian pair of Mary Fleming and Lanita Steer.
The Victorian Nuggets swept the four team classes today, which leaves the Cockatoos one point in front of the Nuggets in the mens’ competition, and four points behind in the women’s.
The Australian WOC teams are expected to be named following next weekend’s overseas trials