Event report: MetrO 6 Shenton Park
Saturday, 10 December 2022
Lake Jualbup, Shenton Park
There was a good turnout for the 6th MetrO event of the season with over 100 people going out on course. Competitors navigated around the grid of streets and laneways of Shenton Park and some of Subiaco. There were some issues with the splits printer early on, but it all got sorted out eventually.
Liam’s finish sprint challenge returned after its success at the Dalkeith MetrO series last season. Archie Brownlie showed an inspired effort to match the 16s benchmark set by the much longer legs of Seth Thomas, Sten Claessens and Alastair Phillips. The fastest female was Ruby Phillips with a time of 18s, followed by Amy Dufty, Tracey Foster, and Daisy McCauley in equal second place on 19s.
Quinn Lommers used the home-ground advantage well to get his first overall win on the short course, while casual member Nina Musk was the first female. On the medium course, Tom Brownlie came in first, and Caroline Bertolino was the first female. Chris Drury had a great run to take the win in the competitive junior male category and 4th place overall. Newcomer Zara Penter also did well to win the junior female category, which had just 30s separating all 3 competitors. On the long course, Mark Lommers finally beat Sten Claessens (by just 29s) to get the win. Kate Braid had an amazing route, shorter than any event organisers found, which helped her beat her mum Ceri to claim first female on the long course for the first time this season.
A big thank you to the setter Liam Dufty, and to all that helped with the organisation of the event: Craig Dufty for making the map, Rachel West for running the newcomer briefing, Mark Lommers for promoting the event and setting up entries for newcomers on the TryBooking system, and thanks to everyone that helped with control collection.
Photo: Announcement of finish sprint winners, by Rob West.