Orienteering race (CompassSport Cup Final) 1:05:06  ** 10.1 km (6:27 / km) +150m 6:00 / km
ahr:183 max:196 spiked:24/30c slept:6.0 shoes: Gym Trainers
Running the Brown course at the CompassSport Final, this year hosted by OD at Sutton Park, near Birmingham.
I had a good run, making only a couple of mistakes costing a minute each, and came 41st out of around 140 runners in a very competitive field, finishing 18 minutes down on Oli Johnson (but he was four minutes clear of second place.) Most importantly, I counted for the team results (as one of the six best-placed SLOW runners on the Brown course, and best of all, SLOW came third! Our best result for eight years, traditionally SLOW has finished fifth.
I really liked the terrain - the first two-thirds were a control pick in open, gently rolling, thicket-studded grassy land, that reminded me a lot of Wimbledon Common and the open parts of Ashford Forest. The last third was in woodland, not very detailed but quite green in places, although I didn't get too caught up in it. I had a strong finish (I thought) but lost two places in the final seconds.
My main mistakes were:
To 12 - Getting stuck at a barrier of impenetrable gorse - I saw it coming and was being lazy. This wasted a minute, and could have been longer had I not spotted Pete H coming back out of it.
To 22 - Tried an "inventive" route choice that was not only longer, but meant I got stuck in some green forest and also considerably overshot my control - I also left it in a poor direction.
I also ran in the direction to the last control - particularly annoying as I'd checked it out before the race.
It was a quite windy day, and very cold in the exposed assembly field, but once the racing got going it was actually very pleasant, and very dry underfoot.
I only remembered to start my GPS after control 12, so the HRavg reading is slightly higher than the truth.