Run race ((orienteering)) 56:39  *** 8.2 km (6:55 / km) +160m 6:18 / km
Got back out into the bush again, at a mass-start race in a patch of previously-unused bush near Heathcote - some decent pockets of mining, although the gully-spur parts had a high track density. I wasn't alone in looking for some bush practice before Easter. Was quickly reminded that I wasn't in Spain this week by collecting a spider web in the first couple of hundred metres (that's if I hadn't already got the message from the assorted roadkill on the way to the event - saw the first ex-kangaroo before making it past Craigieburn).
The splitting system was sufficiently comprehensive that I didn't see anyone on my course for a long time after the first couple of controls, although I did see people on other courses (seemed to cross paths regularly with Carolyn Jackson). Felt pretty ordinary to start with but gradually settled into it, and navigated pretty well with just a few 10-second stops in control circles. Ended up getting into a scrap with Geoff Lawford for the last 3km or so (not the first time this has happened at an early-season mass start event). The last few controls were technical and I conceded a critical 20 metres by going the wrong side of a knoll on the third-last, although I think he would have done me in the sprint if it had come to that. Thought I was going to get outsprinted by Ted too, but he was a (short) lap down.
Pleased to hear the reports of some good 5k times over the last week (Pat, who won today, was particularly impressive in almost breaking 16). The other news of the day was the creation of an orienteering club at Federation University in Ballarat. We may need to give some thought to their club abbreviation.