Run race ((orienteering)) 41:38  *** 5.5 km (7:34 / km) +165m 6:35 / km
Queensland Middle Champs at Dalmoak. Not a run I'll be proud to look back on, with one major error and several smaller ones, and I deservedly missed the placings, finishing behind Lorenzo, Mark Gregson and Kurt.
My major error was on 6. In a flattish part of the map I made the cardinal error of not being sure what was up and what was down (reading a crossing of a flat ridgeline as a continuation of a gentle climb), got very confused on the far side once I realised what I'd done, and ended up well to the south and dropping 3-4 minutes. It's only partial mitigation that the critical slope line was hard to see because it was next to the leg's red line. Also 30-seconders on 1, 11 and 14.
The unusual feature of this map (next door to, but no overlap with, the APOC Relay one from 2000 that I didn't get to run on because of injury) was that it straddled the NSW-Queensland border. I think this is the first time I have actually crossed a state border during an event, although I've run on one map (Tralee, ACT) that crosses a border and several that have a border as their boundary. I've crossed Australian state borders several times in training, as well as accidentally crossing the German-Czech border on the 1991 JWOC training camp (only a 2-minute mistake, too), and the Ontario-Quebec border on a 1989 run from Ottawa otherwise notable for being the coldest run I've ever done (minus 31).
The organisers today didn't have to worry about one problem we had at the 1992 Australian Relays, which was in a section of Kowen Forest that was in NSW but could only be accessed through the ACT. Apparently it is, or was, illegal to transport nightsoil across a state border (I would have thought that this was in breach of the constitutional guarantee of free trade between the states) and we couldn't find anyone who would hire us portaloos to use in that location. In the end we set them up on the ACT side of the border a couple of hundred metres from the assembly area.