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JWOC Jaffe Files - Middle Final
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Well nearly everyone in the team had something to feel good
about today – a more cloudy one that ended in rain and it has bucketed since
about 5pm. The Fin 5 events went before the JWOC middle finals.
Both days used the same ‘arena’ and today the A final had an arena
passage that was 200m from the finish! It was quite hard to see the
finish and the run through at the same time and only the A final had the run
through which was a shame. The best way to follow the event at the event
was on GPS tracking. There is no big screen in the arena and results are
printed periodically and stapled old school style to a board! For those that
don’t know the C final is shortest and the B final still shorter than the
A. The A has 2m staggers and all three have a chasing start with fastest
qualifiers going last. The A final is the showcase and Oli Ohandro and Simone
Abersole cruised home. A few fancied runners made some nervous looking
mistakes so watch the tracking of Joey Hadorn and Simon Hector!
The logistics for this are considerable. To give you an idea
both days have used a car park nearly 2k from the assembly and on top of that
I’ve had a 2.3k walk from assembly to the starts on the first two days.
Everyone seems happy with these arrangements particularly Mike Dowling
who has a VIP car park pass and gets to park next to the arena! The
Juniors had 1.5k walk to their quarantine and then a 2k jog to get to the
start from the marshalling area! They like to keep them guessing I guess!
Today used the area east and north of the arena so a
completely different map and less constrained by out of bounds etc than
yesterday. Plenty of low visibility green areas, plenty of felled areas, lots
of lumps and bumps but not really big hills but steep enough. There was a
smattering of rock and they are selective in what gets marked and marshes that
aren’t obvious. Its often soft and spongy under foot or small moss covered
boulders and lots of low level undergrowth. Its often hard to distinguish
the small tracks from the elephant tracks that develop quickly (well its hard
for me) . But enough of the terrain lets get back to the races.
As Aston had mispunched yesterday he was first starter and
blitzed the C course – well clear of the rest as one would expect of someone
with a time fast enough to make the A final. He isn’t the official “winner” of
C because mis-punching means he didn’t “qualify”. Toby and Jarrah showed much
better form and finished second and third on the C course ( suggesting they
would like to run the qualifier again). Caroline and Rachel had respectable
runs in the girls B final and Winnie was quicker again. Asha and Zoe had
good runs. Asha was much happier with her 31.39 and 22nd place in
the B final. She looked terrific on the run in suggesting she will get stronger
as the week goes on. Zoe continued her strong form for 17th and top
Simeon B was happy with his sub 30m run in the B final for
28th which was many places higher than his qualifier. Patrick had
another pretty clean run and was 10th fastest in the B final and
reasonably satisfied with 26m 07 and looked better on the run in than
yesterday. That was also a 15 place type improvement. Josesph D proved his day
1 run was no fluke running 26m flat to pip Patrick by two places and seven
seconds. 8th and 10th in the B final was
respectable and nearly everyone had much cleaner runs but NZ’s Nick Smith
showed us up by winning the B final. The Kiwis had 3 A finalists to cheer
home so pinched the bragging rights.
We drove Patrick and Simeon back to their base and it seems
they remain a very happy team and looking forward to the sprint tomorrow.
My tip is that Aston will run with some purpose tomorrow and jarrah and Simeon
might surprise as well. Tarah might surprise in the girls and Asha and
Zoe are confident so lets see.
I got full value from my course today. When it got vague, I
got vaguer. I anticipated all the areas where I would have problems and then
had problems. I must be a slow learner but I sure am a slow finisher.
Monday, 13 November 2017
Victorian Sprint Champs, Sunday November 26, Monash Clayton
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Sprint Into Spring Final Weekend
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Monday, 6 November 2017
CHANGED START LOCATION - Heidelberg Central, Thursday November 9
Friday, 3 November 2017
Next Vic MTBO event – Muckleford – Sunday 19 November
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Sprint Into Spring Race 4, RMIT Bundoora, Saturday November 11
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Summer Series Gets Underway
Friday, 20 October 2017
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017
Sprint Into Spring Back With A Bang
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Farewell Winter, Hello Summer!
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Great Day for the Vics
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Next Vic MTBO event – Woodend, 22 October
Thursday, 28 September 2017
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