JK 2007 Relay.
Caerwent military training area, a weird mix of fields with lots of fences and earth works and thorny green woods.
Team Oxford: Boris - Scott Collier (lost on AP) - SGB (sgb on AP) - Ian Webb (distracted on AP).
Standing on the starting line, I felt totally intimidated by the stars standing next to me at the start and dead from the race the day before. Predictably, I felt pretty awful in the beginning, but managed to avoid mistakes and stayed with the pack through the second bit of woods, where I suddenly found myself alone for a little while. When I came out of the woods, I saw a pack of David Roome, Allan Bogle, Andrew Llewellyn, and a couple of others ahead of me and ran hard to catch them. Ended up running with them for a while, the pack splitting and joining again after forkings. In the end, David and I got a bit ahead on a route choice, and Ralph Street, a junior from SLOW who is a dead ringer for Swisschees, passed me in the finish chute. Ended up 7th, which I was quite pleased with, 3 minutes off Graham Gristwood's winning time, and ahead of some of the stars I had been scared off. Our team ended up 24th in the end, and the OUOC girls a very solid 9th.