Matthew Crane Wins Runner Shop Twilight Shop Series

Matthew Crane Wins Runner Shop Twilight Shop Series

Photos from left:  Grace Crane, Shannon Jones, Nick Walshe (Runners Shop)

Canberra Cockatoos men’s captain, Matthew Crane, (pictured on right) has scored a remarkable first win in the Runners Shop Twilight Series. Although he has been in the ACT for over a decade, the 2021-22 Series was his first serious attempt to win the Series. After racking up 863 points from his best seven scores, from the first eight races, Crane missed the final five races through injury, illness, etc, but 863 was enough points to win the Series. 2019-20 Series winner, Shannon Jones, was second on 862 and Grace Crane was third on 861 points. The 2021-22 Series was the most even in the Series 25-year history.

The across the line results for race 13 for the two Moderate courses were:

  • Moderate 1: 4.5 km, 15 controls: Men: 1. David Stocks 23 min 27 sec, 2. Martin Dent 25 min 10 sec, 3. Paul de Jongh 27 min 23; Women: 1. Grace Crane 33 min 05 sec, 2 Shannon Jones 36 min 51 sec, 3. Justine Hobson 40 min 24 sec.
  • Moderate 2: 3.4 km, 12 controls: Men: 1. Hayden Dent 22 min 23 sec, 2. Ken Mansell 23 min 34 sec, 3 Dean Davies 24 min 05 sec; Women: 1. 40 min 50 sec, 2. Allison Jones 27 min 38 sec, 3. Alice Radajewski 29 min 21 sec.

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

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

After the handicap factors were applied, Hayden Dent was the winner with a corrected kilometre rate of 4 min 48.35 sec. The top 10 competitors in Race 13 were:

Competitor Handicap  Corrected km rate
Hayden Dent 0.7300 4 min 48.35 sec
David Stocks 0.9400 4 min 53.91 sec
Kathie Dent 0.7280 5 min 04.48 sec
Martin Dent 0.9100 5 min 05.36 sec
Monica Binder 0.5920 5 min 26.30 sec
Alice Radajewski 0.6320 5 min 27.34 sec
Sanda Halpin 0.6080 5 min 34.22 sec
Grace Crane 0.7600 5 min 35.24 sec
Andy Hogg 0.8500 5 min 36.41 sec
Allison Jones 0.7040 5 min 43.30 sec

Interestingly, the scores from the 13th and final race had no effect on the final standings of the top three. Hayden Dent’s 125 points lifted his best seven scores to 860 points, putting him equal fourth with David Stocks. The final top ten placings with the best seven scores were:

  • 863 Matthew Crane AO A
  • 862 Shannon Jones AO A
  • 861 Grace Crane AO A
  • 860 David Stocks BS A, Hayden Dent RR A
  • 848 Martin Dent RR A
  • 836 Toni Brown BS A, Paul de Jongh BS A
  • 830 Eric Morris BN N
  • 828 Cath Chalmers RR A

The final standings are here.