Run race ((orienteering)) 36:36  *** 3.2 km (11:26 / km) +130m 9:30 / km
The double middle distance has become almost a thing of the past in my experience (the last one I can remember internationally was at WOC 2008 in the Czech Republic, a not-very-good idea which resulted in the last women starters finishing in semi-darkness), but they still exist in NZ, and this was one.
Today's event was on the map from the Oceania Long - sand dunes, but fairly big and often green and low visibility. It's a tough area and there weren't the track options there were at times at Oceania, so it was quite a challenge. Didn't feel as if I really nailed anything much (but most of it was 5-seconders worth of just not seeing controls), but managed to avoid disaster, with the major time losses being about a minute (perhaps a bit more) apiece at 5 and 8. At Oceania, after a hitherto decent run, I came horribly unstuck in the manuka section and thought after 8 (my first control in there) "here we go again", but it was OK after that (my splits in that section were still not as good as in the green early on, though).
Carsten did 29, Dennis Wakefield 33, Nick Harris was just ahead of me (not that I knew that until tonight - his start time must have been changed, probably as an organiser).