Run race 19:44  *** 3.5 km (5:38 / km)
Sprint into Spring at Kurunjang in Melton. I missed out on running here last year at Melbourne Sprint Weekend because I'd got injured in the morning, but remembered a map with a few complex school buildings and route choices involving gates and uncrossable fences. No injury problems this time round - the physio obviously did her magic on the hip flexor that was giving me trouble over the last couple of days - and whilst this was slow, it was definitely a bit less slow than last weekend (i.e. my percentage behind Aston started with a 5 rather than a 6, and I was ahead of some people I was behind last weekend). Quite technical in the first few controls (the splits suggest this was my best section), then opened out into more of a running race after that. Dicing with the similarly-paced Steve Bird from #9 onwards; a couple of times we took different options on route choices, to his slight advantage on 13 and mine on 19. (I think going left on the second-last, as I did, might have been a slightly better option too from the splits, even though all the big guns went right). Only glitch was pausing briefly at a wrong control near 21 before realising and moving on.
Starting early was an advantage; some heavy showers moved through later (although not as heavy as one I encountered on the road post-event around Carrum). Now down on the Peninsula for the rest of the weekend.