Orienteering race (Shamrock Day 3) 53:18  5.98 km (8:55 / km) +274m 7:15 / km
Weather was bad, though not brutally cold like Slieve Croob.
A much better day. Went with contacts in both eyes and close vision was much better. No possibility of using magnifier with the rain. Also managed to see Tivon's course which was technical but almost all taped, I decided Tivon should stay in car. So my mind was focused on my course rather than being elsewhere.
I was about 6 minutes behind 3rd M45 and there were others ahead to chase also.
It didn't take long to get distracted! About 1 minute in I was stopped by a W10 (the only one to finish). She was looking for her no.3. I had no hesitation in helping as it was not a day for anyone, particularly a young junior to spend more time than they needed. I struggled to match her map to mine as it was a different scale. Eventually worked it out and she wasn't far away, but enough to not see kite from her low height. I showed her where the control was which was hidden behind boulder as she had gone passed it. It was perhaps the only leg on her course not taped.
I continued on but my focus was gone. Saw Katie heading up hill to boulder. Fortunately she had made error and I saw her.
Was careful to 2 and then chased after Katie towards 3. Didn't see path on map that Katie went and I stayed high. I navigated well, picking features off and I got to control before Katie. 2nd quickest on course
For 4 I climbed immediate to go behind large crag. Katie stayed low and I didn't see her again. Passed the next 2 crags, over hill, down to marsh and then up and around. Got distracted by control at pond. Once I realised this I knew where mine should be. 2nd quickest again.
Aimed for path for 5 and then down marshy re-entrant. was catching some-one else and also saw another leaving 6. Quickest to 5 and 2nd to 6 where I caught Alison.
Long leg to 7. Decided to take easy navigation route up obvious re-entrant. Wasn't sure of route thereafter but this became obvious higher up. Alison didn't seem to relish the upcoming climb, but I could see my targets ahead, one seemed to be Tony, the M45 in 3rd. Picked off couple big features and then the large re-entrant led me to 7. 3rd quickest. Saw Conall and Tony leaving.
Very windy up there and I followed looking for shelter to look at map. caught up with Conall and Tony and relied on them a bit as I struggled to keep contact. But worked things out and I got control first.
Wasn't sure of 9 and it ended up one terrace higher then I was expecting. Took a little time working out 10 with the route in view. Worked out the 2 re-entrants and then the hill. Had to get down to this first. kept ahead of Tony and Conall.
Had my route to 11 planned. Rather than go direct I went around and used re-entrants to guide me in.
12 was compass, large re-entrant then over hill. Marsh with a few knolls below. Was quite surprised to be with Tony again as I was going well and didn't see how he could have got 11 without me seeing. (actually he didn't) Conall was staying with me as well. Ended up a little left of 12.
Just had to drop a bit of height for 13 and it was visible from afar. and then around hill for last control and finish.
I'm pleased to end the Shamrock on a high and delighted that contacts in both eyes worked.
Got back to car and Zoe wasn't back!! Had started 20 minutes before me. She arrived shortly after, all smiles! She loved the weather! But some uncharacteristic navigation issues.