Running warm up/down 4:55  0.95 km (5:11 / km) +3m 5:06 / km
shoes: new Kinvara 2016
Token trot round the block, wanted to get into the start system (punching starts) in case it got even more crowded in town later on. Should have done more...
Orienteering race 54:23  10.82 km (5:02 / km) +114m 4:47 / km
shoes: new Kinvara 2016
Morpeth urban race, part of Morpeth Fair Day.
Men V40, 2nd place.
Winner Martin W 53:10, third Ben 56:45. Women Open (same course) winner Kirsten Maxwell 55:15.
Good enjoyable varied course, some easy bits but still needing the best route, some fiddly bits, some good route choice including a long leg with lots of options. Not warmed up enough and took about 15mins to get running decently...
#1 - not a great start - picked a route with a cut through some white forest and was met by a wall of nettles (these were mapped further right). Backed out and went further round, did at least find a way into white forest instead of having to run right round like Martin did, I lost 30s and he lost 30s more than me.
#2 - dithered about the route and struggled to read the tracks in the woodland (the brown seemed very pale), should have just gone south on the road, or else it was obvious just to get to far side of river if going via the woodland. Then took the (longer and more wiggly) valley path, and finally stopped one block too early in the circle and checked out the wrong trees. (-1min)
#4 - started heading to #5 for some reason, realized just in time
#8 - long leg (approx. 2.5km). Took time at the control to try and pick a route but as I set off realized my choice had a small section blocked with red Xs. Had to stop again (had to commit to a decision almost immediately. Chosen route over the eastern bridge was okay except maybe quicker to go right round to the right after the bridge and run hard: simpler straight running rather than weaving through. There is possibly even an option even further east over the bridge by the start and north through town, but the busy streets because of Fair Day would likely have made that slower today. Had the fastest V40 split but significantly slower than jayh on V55 - he runs faster and took the different options after the bridge, but even so looks like too long choosing a route. Also turns out there was maybe not much to pick between the options, took my time choosing as assumed it would be more necessary/decisive to get a good one!
#16 - went the long way round the building leaving 15 (west not east). (-20s)
#16-end - fiddly section through the town including timed out crossing of the parade. Tricky but very very crowded and in one place had to backtrack where a stall (stall-holder) was blocking the entire pavement, needed to get into road and join the vehicle parade for a moment. Didn't bother taking any time at the timed out crossing to study the last legs (can see from the splits that one or two on various courses did this to good effect).
Enjoyed a good course on a sunny day - felt like I was moving quite well once I finally got going at about #5. Would like to have been a bit quicker on the long leg....