Orienteering race (International Event) 1:09:20  **** 7.4 km (9:22 / km) +200m 8:15 / km
spiked:9/15c slept:5.5 shoes: Standard White O-Shoes
JK 2006 Day 1, Ilkley Moor.
Today's race was in an approprately spectacular setting, on intricate north-facing moorland just south of the spa town of Ilkley, in West Yorkshire. The weather was nice and sunny, and even warm. Again, my plan was to just jog around, and retire if I felt weak. But again, I felt OK most of the way around (I walked parts of a couple of legs.)
The M21S course I did was very well planned, on a superb area. There was a 2km leg into some intricate moraine terrain, that I duly made numerous mistakes on, a steep climb to the top of the moor, and then a very pleasant and technical zig-zag down to the finish.
I made numerous mistakes, but as I was going slowly, none of these were serious - the worst was an embarrasing 90s blunder near the end at what should have been a trivial control - in my defence, an important path was obscured by the control circle. Oddly, I failed to notice until the end that I had been running on a 1:15000 scale - I guess features come up faster when running on clear open moorland. All in all, a good race and I was delighted by my apparent fitness, on the back of no recent training. What a great map, great course and lovely conditions, so much better than I was expecting. This map might sneak into my Top 10 UK areas.