Run race ((orienteering)) 18:41  *** 3.5 km (5:20 / km)
Victorian Sprint Championships at Monash, acting my age for once - at least for now, I've had enough of coming near-last in M21 races (especially after the last few weeks).
Monash is a good campus sprint area which we hadn't been on for a while (I controlled a 2007 WOC trial here, and I think we've only been there once since). Lots of new buildings have appeared since then - universities never seem to be short of money to build stuff even if they struggle for cash to, say, pay for research and teaching - and inevitably there were a few current building sites (one of which appeared on Friday night, causing a certain amount of angst to the organisers). Monash can lend itself to long legs diagonally across the campus as there generally isn't a lot of open space between the buildings, but today it was more about legs which forced you to go very wide in one direction or the other.
This was certainly my best sprint run of the spring and the only disappointment was the result, going down by 3 seconds to Martin Steer. (Unsurprisingly, I was also behind his daughters, running the same course, although did manage to get in front of Clare today). Not sure where I would have found those 3 seconds - except perhaps for not being in a trying-not-to-have-a-head-on-dance with Aston on the way out of 11 - as this was about as clean as it gets. Caught Eleanor Johnstone (a visiting Brit) early on; she was a little faster than me but less clean into the controls, and we were dicing for the rest of the course, which was a nice kick-along. Achilles seemed better the faster I was running.