Orienteering (urban) race (NOL Relay) 16:02  *** 3.13 km (5:08 / km) +119m 4:18 / km
spiked:22/24c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello
Zig Zag; 1:4000 2.5km 70m
The NOL relay was W:M:M:W and since we only had one WA girl and three guys, I was relegated to the SA team, which were short a guy. Blair made it well know that teams with runners not all from the same state were unofficial, so much so (before the race, during the race, after the race, during the race) that by the time I had to start (3rd leg) I felt like I was being a hindrance to the 'official' teams and that perhaps I should step aside if I had any other runners come up behind me.
Anyway the hamstring decided to get particularly sore during my warm up so I figured I was going to go slow but when I took off, I had no-one around me so no dramas. I knew from reports that there were only two Male courses so there'd be a lot of following and as it turned out, the second loop on course A was the same as the first loop on course B (the course I had) so I had two other runners merge with my course at my 2nd control. Fortunately this was through the bush section so after one of the guys got confused at my 3rd control and stood around looking lost, I just followed the other one through the next seven controls, by which time the confused guy had found himself and caught back up.
After #9 they took off into the buildings and I was wondering what they were doing, having thought they were on my course, so I legged it for the first spectator control. From there through the second loop I was on my own. Controls were easy to find and I only had a big hesitation from 13-14 when I couldn't decide which way to go after crossing through the gate (should have gone left before the gate but no matter) and eventually went right, which was fortunate since there was an unmapped fence to the left that others came unstuck on.
Fairly easy control flow after the second spectator control although managed to not straight line it to the last but only cost a few seconds, then a sprint to handover to the fourth runner.
Thankfully I didn't bother to check half of the control numbers - mainly just the bush ones - because one of ours was the wrong number (as was one of the Womens' controls) so I never noticed and didn't lose time wondering if I'd done something wrong. This wasn't the case for some other people.
Shame about the wrong numbers and also that one of the runners from a NSW team was given a M10 map although their team MPed anyway so that worked out but it was an enjoyable event and the rain confined itself to the morning so that was nice too. Coldest day of the trip so far. It'll be good to get through tomorrow and get this hamstring sorted out because it's really restrictive at the moment. Achilles isn't causing any problems.