Long distance race at Middlesex Fells. Definitely a runners course, and I do better at this sort of thing than at more precise navigation, even if I am basically pretty slow. Didn't see the superior left trail route to #1 and thrashed through a lot of nasty green, including some particularly unpleasant smilax greenbrier, so slow, if no problem finding it. Then pretty good work 2-4, in good contact. Inexplicably left 4 the wrong direction - saw the trail below and thought I wanted to be on it. Then another wrong decision - should have just sucked it up and climbed back up and over, but I went all the way around to the S on trail. Approaching the control I got stuck in waist deep mud and had a lengthy time extricating myself. Seems the same thing happened to Charlie Shahbazian. Then easy to 6 and long trail run to 7. Saw Dennis coming back from 7 along the trail toward 8. Got a little confused up top and missed 7 to the left, wandering a bit until I just went down to the trail on the other side. Lost about 4 minutes or so here. Then trail to 8, where I saw George Minarik the same way I had seen Dennis earlier. Jeff S, much faster, went by between 8 and 9, as did Craig W, a little faster. Craig still in sight to 10, but when I cut off on trail to 11 he pushed on for the next trail and I didn't see him again. Passed by a group of red and blue runners on the trail as I was heading to 12. No problems from there on, hustling pretty hard to 15 and the finish, and apparently picking up a few places, as I was only 2 seconds in front of Craig and 15 in front of Phil. Generally a pretty satisfactory run. Somehow lucky enough to eke out a silver medal. Amazing.
When we were leaving and going under the tunnel that had 13 on top, I saw about 6 brown runners streaming down the hillside and examining the tunnel from underneath, having a hard time comprehending that the control was on top. It was pretty amusing. Of course I do stuff like that all the time, but mercifully off in the woods and not for public display.