Orienteering race 20:16  *** 3.1 km (6:32 / km) +45m 6:06 / km
ahr:147 max:162 (injured) shoes: Walsh PB Trainer Ultra
Glasgow Park Champs race 1 - Dawsholm Park. Open: 2.6km +45m.
I almost didn't set out, thanks to the twingeing and sciatic tingliness, but I thought that I should at least warm up and once I did I felt OK and just went out anyway. I was sluggish, and managed to tweak my ankle en route to #3, which slowed me down for a couple of minutes, but since I was already being very scrappy it didn't really make much difference to a decidedly rubbish run. Nice park, though, and a very crisp and frosty morning.
Orienteering race 15:28  ** 3.57 km (4:20 / km) +30m 4:09 / km
ahr:163 max:173 (injured) shoes: Walsh PB Trainer Ultra
Glasgow Park Champs, race 2: Glasgow Green. Open: 3.5km +25m.
A nice park, flat, simple and very fast. Well, it would have been if I was, but I wasn't. Pushed as hard as the lacklustre legs would allow me, but I started feeling sore after about 10 mins and my stride length was shortening all the way back from that point. Cracking tea shop.
Orienteering race 31:32  ** 5.7 km (5:32 / km) +135m 4:57 / km
ahr:157 max:171 (injured) shoes: Walsh PB Trainer Ultra
Glasgow Park Champs race 3, Queen's Park. Open: 4.5km +120m.
I paid the price for trying in race 2, and was deader than a dodo. Since I was pretty knackered I also managed to make several mistakes , mostly faffing around nearing the controls but one v large banana and one stop too early and run around in a circle. Altogether rather duff. Due to ze bad back, by the end my stride length was shorter than Herve Villechaize's.
Oh well. Past it, slow, and with a crocked back. But it was a very jolly event nonetheless. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the Park Champs is one my O highlights of the year, albeit for somewhat different reasons than, say, the World Masters sprint qualifier in Leiria! Roll on next year.