Photos from left: Owen Radajewski, David Stocks, Martin Dent
The fifth event in the 2022-23 Runners Shop Twilight Series was difficult for course planner Cath Chalmers and competitors alike. Apart from the extremely long grass, a product of the prolonged periods of rain, making running difficult, the grass also concealed many features, including tracks. The conditions seem to favour younger orienteers who filled three of the top five places after handicaps were applied.
The placings in the two Moderate courses were:
- Moderate 1: 3.8 km: 150 m: 19 controls: Men: 1. David Stocks 26:29, 2. Martin Dent 27:25, 3. Owen Radajewski 27:55; Women: 1. Elise Palethorpe 39.09, 2. Justine Hobson 45:03, 3. Shannon Jones 45:21.
- Moderate 2: 2.8 km: 100 m: 18 controls: Men: 1. Brendan Wilson 32:29, 2. Jordic Pellefigue 35:58, 3. Greg Wilson 38:00; Women: 1. Belinda Allison 35:49, 2. Ella Hogg 36:52, 3. Ariadna Iskhakova 40:53.
After the handicap factors were applied Owen Radajewski, with a corrected kilometre rate of 6 min 14.67 sec, was about 18 seconds faster than David Stocks, who was just 0.86 seconds ahead of Martin Dent. The top 10 corrected time were:
|Competitor||Handicap||Corrected km rate|
|Owen Radajewski||0.8500||6 min 14.67 sec|
|David Stocks||0.9400||6 min 33.07 sec|
|Martin Dent||0.9100||6 min 33.93 sec|
|Rob Walter||0.8800||6 min 38.55 sec|
|Hayden Dent||0.7300||7 min 09.74 sec|
|Paul de Jongh||1.0000||7 min 22.37 sec|
|Ryan Stocks||1.0000||7 min 35.79 sec|
|Tate Needham||0.8600||8 min 03.86 sec|
|Elise Palethorpe||0.8000||8 min 14.53 sec|
|Andrew Slattery||0.9800||8 min 23.41 sec|
After five events, the competition has narrowed to a battle between the current equal leaders, who are also recent series winners, and emerging juniors. In a closely contested competition, the top five placings after five events are:
- 372 Shannon Jones AO A Martin Dent RR A
- 369 Hayden Dent RR A Owen Radajewski PO A
- 368 David Stocks BS A