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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Canterbury Champs Preview

The Canterbury Champs will be held this weekend on that now familiar combination of Tuhaitara and Castle Hill. In a repeat dose of the last Canterbury Champs on these maps a few months ago expect Nick Hann and Georgia Whitla to dominate.

Hann's trajectory has been sharply up for a long time, and on his quest to emulate Matt Ogdens junior world championship there is no sign of the improvement rate dropping away anytime soon. On the other side of the coin his major rival Chris Forne is on old weary tired legs fatigued from the recent Godzone adventure race. Count other competitors Tane Cambridge and Matt Scott in this category as well. Whitla  is entering her prime as an orienteer, and a solid summer with plenty of hours under her belt should see her able to comfortably control the races ahead of Lara Prince and Imogene Scott.

In the juniors watch for Sonia Hollands, Ed Cory-Wright and the Harding boys for some outstanding results. With the small maps and the familiarity now of the areas expect the k-rates to be much improved.


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