Orienteering (Day 6 - Coulmony) 1:53:39  17.1 km (6:39 / km) +490m 5:49 / km
What a race!!! Most fun orienteering in a long time (up with Wentwood and JK Long this year) would have been even more so without a few mistakes!
Got on the wrong hill to 1 but my minute man Erik lost even more so I pushed on to catch him by 3. He was actually a pretty solid Scandi so just managed to tail him across to 5 (where we caught Malley) and round to 7 where he made a mistake and so me then Malley got away. Jonny reeled me in and picked off 8-9-10 beautifully. Was thinking he'd be a stronger runner across the marshy heather to #11 so all I could do was dig in behind. Picked off François, Bown and Pinker on the way with no sign of anything behind (but didn't really have the energy to to turn around).
We were both feeling good into the control, giving each other a bit of encouragement and pausing for sweeties and sort of knew we were doing well. Got John Rocke on the way to twelve after which the pace dropped yo-yo'ed a bit and things started to go wrong.
I messed up 13, re-caught John (and another two) to 14, Jonny messed up 15, I messed up 17. Finally got settled down again on the way to 18 after a bit of chat. Good up the hill to 19 catching Simon Gardner. I knew I wasn't too comfortable with the group situation so pushed on to no. 20 to try and get some breathing room. Didn't stop at the road crossing and Jonny wasn't coming with me. Picked off Rob K to 23. Tripped on the TV wire to the spectator and struggled up the hill towards 25, was thinking here I didn't have enough to finish the job, still nothing behind though.
Kept going though seeing a nice train to 26 including James Hargreaves. Poor to 27 not knowing where I'd come up the hill, stopping at the first green veg and so loosing prob 30s+ in hesitations. Got Keith and Ed Nicholas at 28 and sped down to 29 for Barber and Rhys. Iffy to 30 most of the way but got into the re-entrant feature but then went waaay to high and poked around for ages (5 minutes) seeing lots of people pass below me but still not trusting them. Eventually did drop back down to punch behind James Tullie.
Was being a bit stupid and rushing in front of him and then slowing but got to 31 in the end behind Sander who I passed on the hill up to 32 (after half falling down a hidden crag on the way down). Managed to get John and Jonny and a few other back before the finish but Cherry, Aidan and Kalle (and Baptiste) had snuck past.
Very glad I had Erik and Jonny for the first half. Should have pushed on harder through John to we could settle down again after. Need to get used to eating and drinking at the right times. Should have trusted the tracks to 30. [47th / 1.53.39 / +19.36].
Such an awesome way to end the week :-D.
Running (Faskally) 20:00  4.0 km (5:00 / km) +50m 4:42 / km
Was itching for a jog on the way back so stopped at Faskally for a nice tour of the lake and the woods.