Orienteering (Varsity Match) 1:10:15  **** 8.4 km (8:22 / km) +90m 7:56 / km
ahr:170 max:188 24c slept:6.5 shoes: Gym Trainers
Varsity Match Men's A course at Epping Forest North West. Sunny conditions, quite warm, the forest looked lovely. However underneath the banks of dry leaves lurked very wet and muddy ditches, these were tricky to spot and best avoided.
I had what I thought was a good run. However Control 2 was in the wrong place when I got there - I did run to the correct place and spotted the tape. It took 3-4 minutes of running around to spot it on a nearby unmarked knoll. This also distracted me during the next leg so I made another 3 minute mistake here, searching up the wrong gully. I ran to the finish during leg 5-6, to report the mistake, which wasted another minute or so. So I ended up finishing only just behind a lot of people - but well behind the counting Oxford runners.
Saw a snake on the approach to Control 21, which was quite exciting. It made a distinctive loud slithering sound as it headed back into the undergrowth. It was about a metre long and green/brown.
Actual distance run 11.3km.