Run race ((orienteering)) 16:19  *** 2.4 km (6:48 / km) +55m 6:06 / km
WMOC Sprint Final, 25th. Had hoped for a better place than this, but couldn't have done much more, and was quite pleased with the competitiveness of my time, 1.56 down on the leader, less than 1.30 from 2nd, and less than a minute from 7th. The long distance is the main game for me this week and those times are close enough to think that a top-10 on Friday is still a possibility, although it will need a very good run and perhaps a bit of help from others blowing up.
The area was easier than I'd hoped - a bit in the Neuchatel old town but nothing intricate. There were a few traps to avoid in the form of apparently good exits into dead ends, and some decent route choices, but on the whole it was a running race. There was a castle section at the end but that wasn't as complicated as the equivalent in the 2008 Portugal qualifier - its main function was to set up a route choice leg (which I thought was a no-brainer but the splits suggest it may not have been so obvious to others). Happy with my mental intensity, and with the way my running was going. No Achilles issues during the race. Nick Barrable won with 14.23.
Other major Australian results for those who missed them from elsewhere: Jenny and Hermann won, Tash was 2nd and Warren was 3rd. Carsten won M40. Tracy was 12th which I don't think she'll be especially pleased with.
The evening has had some natural fireworks to add to the artificial ones (it doesn't seem to have deterred the artificial ones).
My choice of eating places in Biel this evening was a bit of a Canberra throwback; next door to each other are Ottoman Cuisine and the El Rancho. In Canberra the former is a well-reputed place which has been host over the years to more than one episode of numbers-crunching; the latter is (or was) a somewhat more downmarket establishment which was a favoured haunt of Grammar Year 11/12s with questionable IDs, things which were easier to come by in the late 1980s because ACT drivers licences didn't have a photo in those days. (In Biel the situation is reversed - the El Rancho is a decent (if very slow) Mexican restaurant and Ottoman Cuisine is a dodgy-looking kebab joint). I have yet to see any trace of a Private Bin.