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Matt Crane Has Narrow Lead in ACT League After Five Events

Pictured from left, Matt Crane, Grant Bluett, Martin Dent

As the competition approaches the halfway mark, Matt Crane has the narrowest of leads in the 2021 ACT League, which he won in 2020 and three times previously. The two most recent events were held on the Broulee Dunes over the weekend of 15-16 May. Event 5 was a Middle Distance event for all classes on Broulee Dunes on Saturday 15 May and Event 6 was a Relay (of Middle Distance lengths) for elites and a Middle Distance event for all other classes. To avoid all elite competitors being disadvantaged through missing a high-profile event, the courses for Relays and the individual results were added to the Middle Distance event.

Event 5 was the first use of the map and for those who had never run on sand dunes maps, the extra challenge led to some longer than usual finish times. The results are here and the maps and photos are here.

The top five on the day, all competitors in the elite classes, were:

Competitor Handicap  Corrected times
Grant Bluett 0.8500 5 min 56.00 sec
David Stocks 0.9100 6 min 18.24 sec
Grace Crane 0.7680 6 min 37.49 sec
Matthew Crane 0.9400 6 min 43.28 sec
Gareth Candy 0.9200 6 min 48.59 sec

With the benefit of the previous days experience the results were closer, but the corrected times were much slower. The results are here and here, and the some photos are here. The top five, including a couple of veteran competitors, were:

Competitor Handicap  Corrected times
Matthew Crane 0.9400 7 min 00.93 sec
Darryl Erbacher 0.5200 7 min 03.17 sec
Ryan Stocks 1.0000 7 min 14.60 sec
John Scown 0.6520 7 min 15.01 sec
Matt Doyle 1.0000 7 min 15.80 sec

After the standings were updated with the scores from events 5 and 6, {both of which carried a 10% loading) the top five best three scores from five events are:

  • 1 Matthew Crane AO A 408
  • 2 Grant Bluett AO A 407
  • 3 Martin Dent RR A 399
  • 4 David Stocks BS A 395
  • 5 Ryan Stocks BS A 394

The next ACT League event (event 6) will be the 2021 Jim Sawkins Memorial Handicap on Stringybark Hill, a new map of the southern part of Mt Jerrabomberra on 6 June. Entries close on Wednesday 2 June.