Orienteering race (London City Race) 44:58  *** 8.7 km (5:10 / km)
London City Race. Another fun race. Cool but cloudy and humid, with a bit of rain around. Didn't rain during my run or when I took Freya around the children's course, but was pretty soaked as a result of teh humidity by the end of the run. Good to catch up with Blair and Chris Norwood, as well as regulars Nick Campbell and Jane Mockford.
Race off to a bad start when I got quite confused from the start triangle. Wasn't "in the zone" at all at the start and had trouble first finding the start triangle and then orienting the map correctly. Figured I had to go around the big hill just near the start and so headed uphill. This strategy worked in terms of getting to #1, but still lost at least 30-40 secs. Settled into a good rhythm after that and was really enjoying the run. Didn't fall into a clever trap at #4. Picked a good route on the long leg to 9 from one side of the map to the other, but didn't execute well in the middle of the leg when I got confused at the same hill that was on the way to #1 and ran past a small path I had to take. Doubled back quickly, but still cost 20 secs. Made another error at #11 when I missed a narrow alley - another 50-60 secs dropped. Fine for the rest of the run, but started to run out of steam and energy. Lost another few secs at the end when didn't concentrate on the last control - very annoying.
Finished up in 10th place out of around 170 starters, around 4.30 behind the winner. I don't think I could have gone that fast, but was certainly within sight of 3rd place with an error-free run. Definitely will be back next year!