Orienteering race (BOK Nav Racing) 41:32  9.39 km (4:25 / km)
shoes: Inov8 Roclite 295
Bradley Stoke. Long course 5.8km. A very wet and muddy 'urban' race. Came back more muddy than the BOK Trot.
Doing split starts with Laura meant I was one of the first to start. As such I was waking up every control I punched, which is very annoying when you're trying to push hard in an urban race.
Started just in front of Geoff Ellis so I kept the pace up hoping to keep ahead of him. As I should have known though, I just can't read the map properly when running at race pace so any hope of forward planning went out the window. Had some good legs, earning fastest splits on 8 controls, but those controls which required any degree of forethought got the better of me.
Finished 3rd behind Adam and Geoff.
I think I was the only person to not go OOB en route to 18. In my wisdom I thought it would be less climb to take the 'second' route to 18 climbing up to it rather than along the top of the mound. Not a faster route by any means, but at least I can hold my head up high and honestly claim to have played by the rules.
Struggled with the map as well. I don't like to grumble about people's voluntary work, but it seems Mike has missed numerous significant features off the map. Having asked him about it at the end he admitted to having used the wrong scale symbol set so the thinest lines were practically illegible and the dashes of paths and tracks all merged into one black line. And why do 5m contours on that map? My route choice to #18 was based on there being 2 contours up the first hill and only just 1 up the second. Actually they were both the same, but the 5m contours don't reflect this.