Orienteering race 38:13  *** 5.47 km (6:59 / km) +235m 5:45 / km
20c shoes: Olway Tigers
JK Relay, Leg 1, Newtyle Hill.
Great fun race this, just don't have the speed or terrain fitness to be right at the sharp end unfortunately.
From the gun, didn't stay in our seeding long and was in deep mid-pack by the first control. The first two loops went well though; no errors, running with Jegor mainly, Tullster sprinting past on occasion.
Was disappointed then to exit 10 and see a big posse already on their way to 11, the long gaffle definitely a disadvantage. Jegor and I differed on routes, but rejoined at the start of the woods, Roger just ahead. Up the ridge, I bashed my head on a branch, distracted momentarily, I went for the wrong flag, an obvious knoll. I quickly regrouped, but Jegor was gone, Roger had a good lead. Then from here I cursed not buying ankle tape as intended, tentative down the slopes - I found myself adrift. Mediocre navigation too: 12, unexpected gully, 13, indecisive compass, 14, confusing paths, unnecessary traversing of rocky ground, before more badness on the steep ground, 16 and 18 in particular. Time losses all small, but in a relay costly. Duncan Birtwistle, clearly struggling physically, kicked my ass through this section.
Not an amazing result for the old boys, disappointing not to give Will and Marcus more to work with. Oh well, did better than the young boys:)