Kiwis stay on top in orienteering event

THE New Zealand entrants have maintained their spots atop the Goldseekers Orienteering Club’s Xmas 5 Days standings.

Matt Ogden is still leading the Men’s A event after winning a fourth event in a row yesterday.

The Kiwi finished the 6.1km course at Ophir South in 39 minutes and six seconds.

Yesterday, Ogden was pushed all the way by Norway’s Jim Oystein Nybraten who ran second in 40:30.

The Norwegian did not compete on the first day and is not in the running for an overall podium finish.

The best Australian on the day was the ACT’s Dave Shepherd who finished third (41:40) to maintain his second spot on the overall standings.

New Zealand’s Lizzie Ingham still leads the Women’s A overall standings after taking out yesterday’s 5.7km course in 46:28.

The ACT’s Jo Allison finished second yesterday in 48:46 which bumped her up to second overall.

Kiwi Laura Robertson ran fourth yesterday which pushed her back to third overall.

Cassie Trewin (49:41) was third yesterday behind Ingham and Allison.

One of the Goldseekers’ families enjoyed a good day at Ophir.

Kerry Bennett was fifth in the Men’s E event, Bridget was seventh in the Women’s B, while Elaine Bennett was 14th in the Women’s D.

Yesterday’s event tested competitors with gully terrain as well as some high ridges to climb.

There were also mining shafts and tunnels to navigate.

The final event will be held today at Macquarie Woods.

The most serious competitors will be challenged over 6.4km, but there are also events suitable for first-timers.

For more information, go to www.goldseekers.org.

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