Bluett and Chalmers Best in Jim Sawkins Handicap

Bluett and Chalmers Best in Jim Sawkins Handicap

Pictured from left: Grant Bluett, Cath Chalmers, and Matthew Crane

On Sunday, Grant demonstrated he has lost none of his orienteering prowess which enabled him to win a Gold Medal at the World Games 20 years ago, when he won Division 1 of the Jim Sawkins Memorial Handicap held on Stringybark Hill (Jerrabomberra).  Bluett was fourth to finish the 9.5 km course, but after the age factor handicaps were applied, he had the fastest kilometre rate of 6 min 24.11 sec, 28 seconds ahead of Matthew Crane. Bluett’s win was his third, having won previously in 2017 and 2020.

Cath Chalmers won Division 2.  She was third in 66 min 36 sec on 6.6 km Hard 3, which converted to a corrected km rate of 6 min 56.09 sec, putting her 6.41 sec ahead of the 2018 winner, Ian Prosser, with Eoin Rothery third a further 13 seconds behind Prosser.

The full results are here, the Winsplits are here and the top 10 in each Division are here

The Jim Sawkins Memorial Handicap was also race 6 in the 2021 ACT League. The top five finishers on corrected in the event were:

Competitor Handicap  Corrected times
Grant Bluett 0.8500 6 min 24.11 sec
Matthew Crane 0.9400 6 min 52.61 sec
Cath Chalmers 0.6560 6 min 56.09 sec
David Stocks 0.9100 6 min 57.07 sec
Tomas Krajca 1.0000 6 min 58.00 sec


The top five best four scores after event six are:

  • 1 Grant Bluett AO A, Matthew Crane AO A 545
  • 3 Martin Dent RR A 531
  • 4 David Stocks BS A 530
  • 5 Matt Doyle AO A 522

The current standings are here

The next event will be at Isaacs Ridge on 27 June.