Cold feeling better but also nicely dosed up beforehand.
Charlotte did a great job on first and Peter moved tough nicely on second, sending me out in 3rd at the front of the chase group with SUI and SWE up ahead.
I was not great through the first few controls and this allowed the chasing group to get right on my tail. I hesitated on the long leg and ended up just going with the group. Still not really settled into the race but I started to pull away up the hill. I had another wobble to control 5 but I was good through the tricky section on top of the hill, getting a gap which I held down the hill. I was also catching SWE nicely by this point but I did a lot of faffing on the controls at the bottom and lost any chance of that. Handed over to Alice 15s behind SWE with a 25s gap to the group of NOR, RUS, CZE and AUT.
If I were to characterise my run, I'd say I did a job but it wasn't a good run. It wasn't bad either, just kind of middling. I had the opportunity to catch SWE but couldn't capitalise on that opportunity.
Alice looked to be extending the lead at the start, which meant a very nervous wait, but the chasers eventually caught up with her just before the run through. She gave it everything and we held onto a podium position. We can't really be too disappointed give we were in the fight for so long, but this is another case of almost in the sprint relay, which is a bit frustrating.
A question: Has there ever been a GB sprint relay team line up which has run more than one race together? I can't think of any..