Orienteering race 1:07:59  5.8 km (11:43 / km) +130m 10:32 / km
DVOA meet at Springton Manor, a pretty nice venue, but much too small (and the map was about half yellow) for a hard red course. Most of the course was pretty easy -- by circling around the woodsy perimeter of the park, there were almost always really obvious catching features just beyond the control.
I ran okay, but somewhat slow, and made several very bad mistakes. At least two mistakes were a result of over-running controls, not being tuned-in to the 1:5000 map. Of course, the worst mistake was mp'ing the race. I figured that there were four good mutually-reinforcing reasons for missing #20:
1. It was about 25 meters away from another control with the same description (rootstock)
2. I left my clue-sheet holder at home, and didn't feel like flipping the map over every time I approached a control in order to check that I was punching the right one. I realized all along that this was risky (especially given the density of controls that had to be set in the small park) so I'm not too upset about my carelessness coming back to bite me.
3. End-of-race fatigue.
4. Devious course design. Red course went from 36 to 38, and another advanced course (green?) went from 36 to 37, the other rootstock about 25 meters away from 38. As luck would have it, one of the only DVOA people that I could recognize (Angelica Riley) happened to punch 36 with me. I knew that Angelica ran the red courses at the Pig two weeks earlier, and figured that she was running red today. But evidently, she ran the other course that went to 37 after 36. We veered from each other as we left 36, each taking a direct line to our proper control. But as I neared my control, I could see Angelica approaching and punching 37. I was surprised that I was off, but I figured that I had veered off my line, so I went and punched it too, never realizing that it was wrong until I got in.
Running here was a lot of fun, but it didn't really have the typical challenge of going to a new place. The map was from Zherdev, and the terrain could just as easily have been in southern Ohio. A few features, such as earth banks, stone walls, and hunting stands (brown triangles) were more common here than in Ohio, but for the most part, the map didn't provide unusual challenges.
It was nice to see how DVOA runs its events, though. It was very well run for a local meet. I wonder if OCIN could benefit from thinking about using a volunteer to run the start at local meets. I know that MVOC often does this.