So although the overnight camp was wet and wild, was actually warmer than previous MMs - so apart from struggling to sleep due to the knee pain was actually quite a pleasant one, bar waking up to find the wind flattening the tent onto me on a few ocassions even with all the guys out.
Nice quiet bagpipes this year and a lie in due to not making the chasing start meant a relaxed start tot he day and managed to get some banter in with the Wyber and try and bluff him that the gap was insurmounatble between us as we were leading overnight.
Tested the knee early on and announced to Evan that I didn't think that running was on the cards today on anything but roads - managed a trot from the start down to the first climb and still ascended fairly well, but as soon as we hit anything rough the my knee came unstable and reduced us to a walk (don't think Evan was complaining I'd probably been quite annoying the day before bouncing all over the place - oh the comeuppance).
Visibility was good through 1-2 and was warm - had overdressed today after nearly going down the day before, but ok with having to walk. The big climb of the day was between 2-3 and was a beaut, not quite Saunders standards but still cheeky, got caught by the Wyber here so we engaged them in conversation and slowed down and yes it worked and they were still with us as we entered No.3 - visibility had dropped to 30-40m by now and the fun was about to begin.
We'd planned our score choices today based upon the climb involved and the amount of contouring involved on the exit to 7 - however with the mist the easier running but more difficult technically legs cost us massively - in fact this is where we lose the day (apart from my inability to run that is) losing 30min to both Collier and Wyber who took the easier nav but slightly more physical legs - appeared a good route on the paper but in reality too difficult in the mist. BQ, AY BA
Also exited BA poorly and instead of following the bearing correctly we completely cocked up - got excited (because there was a bit I could run on!) and dropped down the stream tot he right and once we'd realised the error it wasn't worth correcting and so lead to a slog up the hill into 7 which really wasn't needed....
Vis cleared on this side of the hill and it was pretty much following the snake which would have suited us if we hadn't been goign so slow, still were taking some teams in.
No dramas with the nav and managed to run the final road legs - in fact we let all of the tension of having to hobble through the day out with a mad dash along the road - regaining 8min over the Wyber and the fastest split of the day for the run in - Evan maintains his king of the run-in crown....
All in all a damn good performance from Evan in his first MM with a navigational hinderance as his partner and if we hadn't been 8th overnight with hopes for 5th I'd have taken 19th as a good result.
There's always next year.
Some other strong SLOW results
Ed and Alan came in 9th on the Elite a good effort by a very young team - good hopes for the future.
Ollie came in just short of Gold standard on his first MM with Pete on the medium score
and Angus takes the man prize for stepping up to take on the B and finishing just as darkness fell on day 2 - good effort son.
So another year and my 3rd OMM completed and I can finally say I've done a proper one - twas upt north and it was wet and cold - good stuff