Orienteering - race 29:09  3.27 mi (8:55 / mi)
JK relays w120+ class
I was first leg, with Jane Ackland and Lorna following. In the start box were Megan C-D (men’s short) Sarah, Jenny and Rachael. Not such a fan of 1st leg, but we needed to be away promptly so it made sense. Everyone caned it off, esp as we start with the M18-ish relay and men’s short. It’s really crowded, and I hang back as per, but the forest was nice so moving through was easy. Confused by having a much longer gaffle than most others to number 1. Sarah had it too, tho I had stopped to check while she ran on and got a lead. Chased her down to 2. Sarah Rollins is a really classy orienteer. Consistent, reliable, and very very fast, and it’s her home terrain. So I felt really very let down when she stuffed up number 2 big time! Come on Sarah - I expect better things from you! We maybe dropped 90secs.
I pulled ahead a bit after that, as I felt surprisingly sprightly, and managed to claw back Jenny at 7, and Rache at about 10. Now I was with Tune’s bloke from Stavanger, who stayed with me until the end. He was quite a good pace, and it was a fun head to head.
Cracking relay area with great planning. I came back first old lady, and Jane maintained the lead. Kim chased Lorna down on last leg and got her I think. I don’t know the results for sure, but who does?
I was disqualified again at the finish, but I still had my back up emitag from the day before and knew the back up had punched properly so was reinstated. The control that did not work was 2, and I actually hit the emitag to the sensor box thingy, which makes you think it really should have worked.