120 runners were out in force on an overcast spring day, testing their navigational skills on the new Royal Showgrounds map, which from the outside looked as though it was going to be a little bit easier to plan route choices than previous maps. Some sneaky control placement made finding the correct first control difficult for some who failed to read their control descriptions, and either went upstairs when they weren’t supposed to, or went for the control at ground level when they should have gone up. The Hill Climb leg also proved frustrating for some competitors who were setting a frantic pace up until this stage.
70 runners entered the Mo Farah course and a staggering 13 mispunched. Bryan Keely made it 3 wins from 4 events in a time of 13m 15,s in front of Bruce Arthur (13:46) and Rob Baker (13:55), who achieved his first podium finish. Bruce still holds the Yellow Jersey, although it will be a close finish once Bryan and Brodie record their 6th event. The Women’s overall standings couldn’t be any closer with only 2 points separating Lanita Steer and Asha Steer, with Laurina Neumann in 3rd. Jordan Hirst was back from holidays to take out both the Sprint Leg ahead of Shane Mallia and Bryan Keely, and the Hill Climb leg from Brodie Nankervis, and Jeremy Hirst in equal third with Shane Mallia. Tim Hatley officially holds the Green Jersey and Lanita Steer the Polka Dot Jersey.
Janine Steer (12:45) increased her lead in the overall standings with a 58 second victory over Glenn James (13:43), who pipped newcomer Colin Quinn by 1 second (13:44) on the Sally Pearson course. Max Dalheim slips to 3rd below Janine and Dennis Mews in the race for the coveted Yellow Jersey. However Max won the Sprint Leg in 1m 26s ahead of Glenn James and Janine.The Hillclimb leg was won by Janine in 31s, 4 second,s ahead of Alvin Liau and Bill Vandenbool. Max leads the Green Jersey standings, while Dennis Mews officially holds the Polka Dot Jersey with 3 events to go.
Nick Hanlon took out the Usain Bolt Course in a healthy time of 12minutes and 41 seconds. A minute further back was Mason Arthur, and a further 2 minutes behind was Torren Arthur. Mason retains his lead in the overall standings, 5 points ahead of Torren. Nick won the Sprint Leg just ahead of Mason and Sarah Davies, while Mason turned the tables on Nick in the Hill Climb leg, with Peter Beggs finishing 3rd. Pat Mews still leads the women’s overall category, although Sarah Davies is leading the chasing pack and could soon take over the lead once she completes her 6th event. The Green Jersey holder is Torren Arthur and Peter Beggs still holds the Polka Dot Jersey.
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