Orienteering (Merthy Mawr Welsh Champs) 57:08  *** 8.7 km (6:34 / km) +340m 5:30 / km
Was really looking forward to this as I've always trained here but never raced. Also was looking forward to running on the top part as also have never visited that bit.
Just tried to keep it steady and controlled. Not pushing too much and taking my time when required. And it seemed to pay off. Was smooth throught the first few but then small errors on 5, 6, 7 and 8. Took it careful to 12 but lost contact but re-located of the triangle hill okay. Caught Harry Butt (apparently for ages) at 13 and took a different route to 14, could have been a bit smoother though.
Pulled up a bit early and in the wrong place to 15 but seemed like a few people did. Caught Ifor and Richard Cronin between 16 and 19 so pushed a bit harder, but still making sure I picked and executed the right route. Should have looked harder in the circle for 16. Wasn't too sure of my route choices for the next few to 23. Was thinking quite a bit about my running here and was pleased that I was going at an okay pace, though still not fast, and not feeling awful.
Though being a bit hesitant in the middle of the leg, absolutely nailed 24 in the circle, running straight past lots of people standing still. Didn't really get the middle part of the leg for 25. The area around 26-27-28 was really nice but very tough to execute and get spot on.
Finished in 57'. 6' ahead of Mark and 3' in front of a mispunching Ben Mitchell. And infinite infront of a retiring Kit.
Was pleased with this, was also good to at the top of the results for the first time in a while. Don't know if I didn't make any major mistakes (maximum was 30s) due to not being able to run fast or good discipline, though. Either way I think it was a promising result. Just need to get some speed back! So will probably skip the run tomorrow and get a little rest to try and nurture this fragile recovery.