Orienteering (JK Relays - Pwll Du) 34:44  *** 5.4 km (6:26 / km) +255m 5:12 / km
1st leg for UBOC's first JK Trophy appearance in a while with Abi and Matt Whipple.
Thought I'd actually try to not screw up a major relay and not go off too fast and then fail. Having Crickmore in the mix and Jamie P instead of Ben Stevens (who is my usual relay partner) made things a bit different to usual so wasn't sure what to expect!
Was one of the early people on the left hand route to the first control with Murray and Ciaran. Followed Murray across the un-seasonal march though which was a mistake as it was horribly tussocky and I was not as strong. Ciaran apparently stayed on the path and turned up at the front of the right-hand routechoice. I was stuck in the middle watching streams go past out on either side.
Eventually got to #1 well well down and then wasn't very sure of the following to 2. In the train to three and started moving up. Did my own thing through 4-5-6 picking people off but with a bit of hesitation. Think I probably had the shorter 5 gaffle but people took some loong routes to the other one.
Straight line towards seven and exited the workings with Tristan and catching Rich who went round so in 3rd/4th/5th place. Could see someone in yellow in front but didn't realise it was Sander, just spied Murray in the distance.
Got passed by Tristan, Jack Wright, the Swedish guy and FVO (Dan Stansfield) though the next few. Tried to make it up by going straight to 11 which was working until the marsh just before the track did turn out to be pretty marshy.
Medium through the spectators with a few mistakes and hillier gaffle meant I dropped some places again. Surprised to see Todd and Vokes back in the mix. Everyone looked slow on the last loop but so was I and only caught Matt and Jack at the last control. Jack was more motivated for the finish and blasted the run-in. Back in 8th 3mins down on Murray but 22s on third (Tristan)
Abi was a bit tired but Matt pulled the team back into the top 30.