THE WEATHER GODS SMILED TODAY

Australian Schools Long Distance and GoldFields Day 2.
The weather gods smiled down on Mount Alexander today as day 4 of the carnival experienced the shortest of passing showers, while towns less than 30km away had up to 25mm of rain! Perhaps the same weather gods knew that Blair Trewin, the Weather Bureau’s  expert long term forecaster, was commentating and smiled down upon us. MFR had set up a spectacular arena using a natural amphitheatre and extended run in combined with spectator areas and views to competitors streaming across the hills to various rock clusters.  It was great to watch!

In the junior boys Tasmania’s Euan Best made it two wins in two days with a comfortable win over Hayden Dent and three New Zealanders who finished within three seconds of each other with two on the same time! Liana Stubbs achieved another Tasmanian double with a minute lead over Lilja Lehtonen from NSW and Sanda Halpin, the early leader from the ACT. The senior boys was a race between Sunday and Monday’s winners Zefa Fe’avae and Alvin Craig.  Alvin led for 14 controls and the two were tied with seven controls to go but Zefa was the fastest in five of the remaining legs and won by a minute from Alvin with fellow kiwi Felix Hunt third. Nea Shingler and Kaia Joergensen went head to head and toe to toe in the Senior Girls. Kaia led early and had a seven second lead with four controls to go. Nea ran clean on the next two controls and held her form to win by eight seconds – so close. Zara Stewart from NZ grabbed the bronze. Ewan Shingler made it 4 wins in 4 races for the shingler’s leading the Goldfields longest course and bizarrely he and Zefa had identical times on the same course, what a race that would have been!  Grace Crane loves this kind of terrain and had a clear win in the Womens hard. It was great to see a few people take up the retro dress code challenge including Ewan in his classic 90’s Big Foot o suit.  Thanks to everyone for supporting the bussing arrangements! Next the schools relay and Goldfields climax in Chewton on another classic map!

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