The Australian Middle Distance Championships were held at Petticoat Gully (complex gold mining terrain) and next door to the area used on Saturday for the Victorian Middle Distance Championships.
In the elite classes there was some very good international competition, with the winners coming from three different countries- Nick Hann NZ M21E, Liis Johanson Estonia W21E, Ed Cory-Wright NZ M20E and Anna Dowling Australia W20E.
The M21E race had many changes of lead. Simon Uppill was the leader at Control 1 and then Brodie Nankervis was in the lead at Control 2. Theo Fleurent (France) took the lead for the next 4 controls before Nick Hann took over and was in the lead until a small mistake on the longer leg 15 enabled Ralph Street (Great Britain) to lead until an error that cost him over 1 minute at control 22 enabled Nick Hann to regain the lead and eventually win by 24 seconds with Ralph Street in 2nd and Matt Crane in 3rd place.
In W21E Grace Crane who is returning to elite competition after the birth of her daughter (Florence) was running very consistently and was in the lead until the second last control when she was caught by Liis Johanson. Liis was 4 seconds faster over the last two controls. Liis had a faster running speed but had difficulties with controls 4 and 6 which cost her over 2 minutes early in the course. Anna Sheldon was 3rd.
In M201E Ed Cory-Wright (NZ) in the absence of Matt Doyle who was running M21E was the favourite to win. However, Patrick Jaffe was the leader until control 13 when Ed who was running faster on the longer leg 14 took the lead and he maintained this to the finish to win from Patrick Jaffe with Tommy Hayes (NZ) 3rd.
In W20E Anna Dowling continued her strong consistent performance that she had on Saturday to win comfortably by 3.38 from Winnie Oakhill in 2nd and Olivia Sprod in 3rd place. Winnie was running strongly until control 12. Her running speed slowed down from this control to the finish.