Run race ((orienteering)) 55:06  **** 4.6 km (11:59 / km) +210m 9:45 / km
"2020" NSW Middle Championships at Seldom Seen, a rugged granite area I'd last run on 2007 (in conversation with some of the juniors and younger elites later I realised that none of them were older than seven then). Since it was a 2020 event it was run in 2020 classes, which landed me in M45 (although Bruce was running up).
To quote the name of a local historical identity, Blind Freddy could see that the courses were going to be longer than 30-35 minutes. (The original "Blind Freddy" was one Sir Frederick Pottinger, who led the police force which sought - conspicuously unsuccessfully - to track down Ben Hall and his gang). I thought I'd do well to get under the hour, particularly as I wasn't feeling great before the start (I'm not a huge fan of afternoon starts). Got better once started though - didn't run much in the first bit (which featured some massive rocks similar to the top of Kooyoora), but I don't think anyone else was either, and started to settle after that. Got into a bit of a bunch by 5 (caught by Matt Stocks, caught Doug Jay and Brenton Gray), which also got things going a bit more. Matt eventually broke away from us after 8, and I dropped the other two on the very steep rough descent into 13.
At the better end of what I can do at the moment; didn't always get ideal lines, but hard to see an actual mistake (perhaps coming a bit high into 7). Coming in I knew there were two people in the field who would beat me if they had good runs; Matt did, Anthony Stoner didn't. On other classes (this course combined everything from 40s to 55s, along with 18s, 20s and W21), Ewan Shingler (who passed me going into 13 and apologised for a bump I didn't notice) did 37 and Jock was about 42, I think. Gives me a bit of confidence for tomorrow, although I still don't expect to see much change out of 90 for 7.5k here.
Coming back, Cudal, like the Manildra-Molong road, was a regular 1980s road trip landmark I've rarely visited since. In those days it was notable for having an airport of a size more appropriate to a town with 100 times its population (about 400), but the airport seems to be no more. (It was the home base for Hazelton Airlines - not sure why - which was ultimately taken over by Ansett, went bust with Ansett, and was then spun off along with some other regional bits of the Ansett group to form Rex).