Joseph Lynch, Matt Ogden and Lizzie Ingham have taken the honours over the first two days of the Not Oceania Championships in Canterbury.
Joseph and Lizzie were the winners in Monday’s sprint at Rangiora High School. Joseph finished 45 seconds ahead of Gene Beveridge with Matt a further 20 seconds back. For Gene this was his first serious outing since recovering from injury problems, and a welcome return. Matt might have pushed Joseph and Gene closer but for a heavy fall leaving control 2. Lizzie had a 35 second margin over Penelope Salmon, with the W20E national champion still seeking her first victory over the W21E champion. Imogene Scott was 3rd.
Tuesday’s long distance at Mount Ellen was a torrid affair in steep, close forest in temperatures of around 30 degrees. In M21E Matt literally ran away from the field to win by nearly 15 minutes from a bloodied Joseph. Ageless Chris Forne took 3rd with these 3 and Gene the only ones under 2 hours. With Imogene making mistakes early on in the women’s course, Lizzie had a final 6 minute winning margin over her with a time of around 100 minutes, similar to Matt. Briana Steven ran a solid race for 3rd with, again, these 3 the only ones under 2 hours.
Zefa Fa’avae and Penelope took out the 20E classes.