Click here for overall results of the Points competition for the Yellow, Green and Polkadot Jerseys.
The weather was a lot cooler then last week and even spurts of showers couldn’t deter a massive turnout for the third event. Darebin Parklands proved to be a popular spot with plenty of varying terrains including bush, creek and steps to sort out the competitors. Word is spreading – we’ve now welcomed competitors from NSW, WA, Norway, and Estonia! Liis Johanson is a world ranked orienteer who has competed regularly at World and Junior World championships, European championships, and World Cups.
74 runners contested the Mo Farah course. Bendigo’s Bryan Keely won his second consecutive event in a time of 13 mins 23 seconds, just 13 seconds ahead of Brodie Nankervis (13:36); finishing a further 31 seconds behind in third spot was current Yellow Jersey leader Bruce Arthur (13:54). Rounding out the top 5 were Aaron Dodd (14:54) and Nicholas Collins (15:10), who pipped Matt Doyle (15:11) by 1 second to claim 5th spot. Shane Mallia took out both the hill climb and sprint legs ahead of Jordan Hirst and Brodie Nankervis. Jordan Hirst keeps hold of both jerseys.
Local knowledge proved handy, with Max Dalheim (14:53) improving each week to take out top spot from Janine Steer (15:09) and 27 other runners on the Sally Pearson course. Janine has retaken hold of the Yellow Jersey. Previous leader Dennis Mews (15:41) kept his consistent results going with another podium finish in third place. Geoff Armstrong (15:45) missed out on third spot by 4 seconds, and finishing in fifth place was Peter Dalwood (18:32). Sarah Adolph claimed the sprint leg ahead of Max Dalheim and Robert Duncan, whilst the hill climb was won by Max, just ahead of Peter Dalwood and Janine Steer. Max retains the Green and Polka Dot Jerseys.
The Usain Bolt course, which had 23 competitors, was taken out by Don Cherry (12:04), finishing 48 seconds in front of the Yellow Jersey leader Mason Arthur (12:52); rounding out the top 3 was Torren Arthur (14:15). Sarah Davies was once again the first female across the line in 4th place overall. Torren won the sprint leg over equal second Mason and Don, although Mason turned the tables on the hill climb and now shares the Polka Dot jersey with Torren. A great turnout of youngsters competing on the Usain Bolt Course!
A note about the jersey awards – these will be presented at the Victorian Sprint Champs on Dec 1 in Ballarat. Only one jersey per person will be awarded, in priority Yellow-Green-Polkadot; for example if you win a Yellow and Green, you will be awarded Yellow, and the second-placed competitor in the Green Jersey competition will be awarded the Green.
Next week there is no event due to the Melbourne Cup long weekend, we hope to see you all again at Westgate Park in Port Melbourne on November 9th. Guarantee yourself a map by pre-entering before Wednesday November 6th on Eventor.