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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 dead-heaters.

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 14 June.

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