Orienteering race 37:59  6.06 km (6:16 / km) +74m 5:55 / km
shoes: VJ Falcon May 2018
British Relay Championships, Torphantrick.
M50 Relay with Ben and Steve N.
Silver behind SYO (Martin W, Tim T, Dave P).
Leg one for me today, not that keen on it as hard to focus and warmup after the whole team captain thing of handing out numbers, being asked lots of questions, and stressing about missing leg two runners! All teams sorted in the end of course, it usually works out!
Okay off the start on longish leg to #1 (mandatory crossing point with no tape causing a momentary group faff after 40m!) saw a group punch at another gaffle and hit mine first just before Martin for SYO. Bad exit direction from #2 meant he was ahead at #3 but then it seemed to be us plus a strong-running guy in a green top (turned out to be Graham Patten for LOC) on our own on the longer leg to #4.
And then I made a mistake to #5.....ran through Martin’s control as he dropped down from the left to punch it, knew mine was further but then fell over, ran down wrong re-entrant (actually was already in the wrong place) and struggled to relocate as a whole heap of other teams started to show up. Worked it out and got on the back of a little group but maybe 1:30 lost.
Next section okay running with Tim Griffin, Dave Weir, Ifor Powell and James Laird (not all on same gaffle) but having to work hard, Tim in particular pushing the pace.
Got to the spectator and then it all went a bit weird - first Dave punched and turned left for home, way before the crossing point let alone my control (he ended up at the front), then after the crossing point Tim Griffin and Colin Eades did the same - mine was still well further on.
Heading to the penultimate I could hear them being announced on the run-in......and then I missed the penultimate by running down the wrong (much vaguer) spur, didn’t see the ruined fence that could have saved me, overshot and slow to work it out. Probably two very avoidable minutes lost.
Steve ran well and brought us up to third just behind BOK and just ahead of SYO. First were LOC but they were weaker on final leg so it was Clive H chased by Ben chased by Dave P. By now we knew the gaffle s were very different and that Clive had a longer one but Ben and Dave both had short ones (Steve and I had 5km, Ben had 4.4km!).
Clive had a 90s lead over Dave at the spectator, and Dave a minute or so over Ben, but with the gaffling then that was never enough for Clive (and he had no chance of even seeing the others to race them).
So SYO a minute ahead of us, then Bristol in third (slightly further back after Clive made the same two minute mistake at the penultimate as me).
Congrats to SYO and to Dave P on completing he set to hold all British M50 titles concurrently, can’t help but feel we might have prevented that if I had given Steve and Ben a little more to work with. Ho hum.
Great day for FVO though, British champions in both Elite/Open classes! And a whole stack of minor medals too, three silver and two bronze across M40, M50, W50, MW70. Lots of frantic jacket-swapping for podium presentations!