Juniors Leading the Way

Juniors Leading the Way

Two juniors are sharing the lead in 2021-22 Runners Shop Twilight Series after three races. Eleven-year-old Hayden Dent and 19-year-old Ewan Shingler are equal on 249 points from their best two scores from the first three events. Dent won race two at Stromlo West from Shingler by nearly five seconds on corrected time and on Wednesday, Shingler reversed the order by beating Dent by nearly 10 seconds.

Dent is by far the youngest competitor to win a race under the unique ACT age/gender handicap system. His first win was in a Twilight Series race on 6 March 2021 at Aranda Snowgums and again a week ago.

Husband and wife pair, Matthew and Grace Crane are locked in equal third place on 244 points, with Cath Chalmers fifth on 242 points.

The across the line results for the two Moderate courses were:

Moderate 1: 5.4 km: 27 controls: Men: 1. Paul de Jongh 34 min 26 sec; Ewan Shingler 35 min 40 sec, 2. Matthew Crane 37 min 00 sec; Women: 1. Grace Crane 45 min 01 sec, 2. Kathie Dent 50 min 11 sec, 3. Shannon Jones 54 min 38 sec.

Moderate 2: 3.3 km: 20 controls: Men: 1. Andrew Kerr 26 min 34 sec, 2. Mark Gregson 27 min 13 sec, 3. Dean Davies 31 min 46 sec; Women: 1. Elise Palethorpe 32 min 23sec, 2. Cath Chalmers 38 min 24 sec, 3. Marilla Cavenagh 40 min 13 sec.

The full results are here and at Winsplits, and maps and photos are on Facebook.

After the handicap factors were applied, the top 10 competitors in Race 3 were:

Competitor Handicap  Corrected times
Ewan Shingler 0.9400 6 min 12.52 sec
Hayden Dent 0.700 6 min 23.76 sec
Paul de Jongh 1.0000 6 min 22.59 sec
Grace Crane 0.7680 6 min 24.14 sec
Matthew Crane 0.7360 6 min 26.44 sec
Matthew Stocks 0.8400 6 min 28.73 sec
Eric Morris 0.8200 6 min 46.81 sec
Kathie Dent 0.7360 6 min 50.39 sec
Mark Bourne 0.9600 6 min 55.47 sec
Tate Needham 0.8700 7 min 09.84 sec

The top five with the best two scores are

  • 249                 Hayden Dent               Red Roos
  • 249                 Ewan Shingler             Big Foot
  • 244                 Matthew Crane           Abominable O-Men
  • 244                 Grace Crane                Abominable O-Men
  • 242                 Cath Chalmers            Red Roos

The current standings are here.  The next event will be at Mt Ainslie on Wednesday 24 November.