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History Created at 2015 ACT Autumn Classics
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
History was created
at the 2015 ACT Autumn Classics when progressive results, commentary and video
were streamed live on Living it Live from deep in the forests east of Bungendore NSW.
The technology was supplied by producer/director Chris Naunton (pictured above)
of Bendigo Orienteers.
While the focus was on the future, Canberra Cockatoos Jo Allison turned
the clock back 20 years to 1995 when she won her first National League title as a 19
year-old by winning the ACT Long Distance Championships.
The two-day ACT Autumn
Classics, staged on The Sandhills about
12 kms east of Bungendore, encompassed the:
2015 ACT Middle Distance Championships which were also National
League event # 8 and ACT League
event # 5 on Saturday 23 May.
2015 ACT Long Distance Championships which were also a world ranking
event, National League event # 9 and ACT League event # 6.
Middle Distance Championships
Early starter Anna Sheldon
(Qld) posted a fast time in the women’s 5.4 km course of the Middle Distance Championships and split times from the radio time checks
quickly indicated she would not be beaten.
Sheldon was a clear winner in 33 min 11 sec from Jo Allison 34 min 52
sec and Laurina Neumann (Vic) 36 min 19 sec.
There was a much
different contest over the 6.5 km men’s course.
Early starter Bryan Keely (Vic) clocked an impressive time, but as the
split times appeared on the screen it became obvious others were going to
challenge his time. The first was
Canberra’s Lachlan Dow who was three seconds ahead at the final time check, but
he lost a few seconds over the run in to tie with Keely. Next was the top seed Simon Uppill whose times
were close to those of Keely and Dow, but he came in three seconds behind them. The focus turned to the last starter Matt
Crane (ACT) and he dashed around the course to finish 25 seconds ahead of the
Long Distance Championships
Competitors had a good
warm-up walk of over a kilometre with 50 metres climb to the start for the Long Distance Championships. Top seed Simon Uppill was first starter in
the men’s race and he finished strongly at the end of the 15.3 km course in 96
min 05 sec, which was never challenged. The
previous day’s dead-heaters again had a close battle with Dow losing time on
the first leg. At the end Keely finished
in 103 min 51 sec, seven seconds ahead of Dow.
In the women’s 11.2 km race Sheldon again started ahead of Allison and went
to the top of the leaders’ board with a time of 93 min 35 sec, but from the
first radio check it was obvious that unless Allison made a major mistake she
would finish well ahead of Sheldon. She
clocked 90 min 31 sec to give her a historic victory.
The results and splits are here and there are photos from both events on
the OACT Facebook page.
The next National League events
will be in Ballarat in late August, followed by the final five events in
Ballarat in late September/early October.
The next ACT League event will be the Jim Sawkins Classic at Red Hill on