Orienteering 1:08:00  *** 9.4 km (7:14 / km)
EBOR event at Strensall Common - Brown, 8/28 people
was 12mins down on Ben Stevens (winner)
Don't think i had a particularly clean race, messed up the first 2 controls by going to the wrong bush both times, also had a bit of trouble with the start of the butterfly loop trying to find a pit in the bracken. Settled into it after that, managed to get away from the group i was with but then i got to another section (16-20) and i was far too hesitant. I got to the control circle area and then felt quite unsure with the marshes and open. 21 was my worst control, thought i had crossed both paths, but i hadn't and i didn't know which group of trees i was in and it took me far too long to reloctae ( long enough for everyone to cath me back up :( )!! Was alright again after that, got into a good flow and managed a clean enough last section.
I think i could have knoked off around 3mins from mistakes and another minute or two from hesitation and marsh faffing. i just couldn't run on the tussocks, i kept falling over whilst everyone else looked to be having no trouble!!
Pleased i managed to beat Steve Whitehead though and was only 5 and a half mins behind Tom Fellbaum so that's not bad. Think i needed much more acurate compass work and to look up a lot more for nicer routes through the marshes. Also i need to slow down in the wooded areas/shorter legs.
Paced myself well though, only struggled for the last 4 legs. I had no outstanding legs looking at the splits, was just consistent with average times (but the fastest run in obviously :) haha thanks josh!).