Orienteering race (Regional Event) 1:28:35  *** 9.3 km (9:32 / km) +300m 8:12 / km
ahr:167 max:186 25c slept:6.0 shoes: Gym Trainers
Chiltern Challenge at Christmas Common, up at the top of the Chilterns. This was postponed from February, but the courses hadn't been replanned, so some of the controls were in the middle of intimidating areas of vegetation. I didn't have any major problems getting to them, but some legs were very physical indeed. I actually ran 12.5km and the climb was more like 500m - in fact my GPS, which does tend to overestimate, is suggesting something like 750m of climbing for my route.
I finished 11th out of 21 finishers on the Black (M21L) course. I had a strong first section, but lost quite a few places in the middle section as I tired slightly and took some poor route choices. A very poor route choice from 18-19 lost me a further four minutes. However this was my first proper physical and technical orienteering for quite some time, so I was pleased to have got around in (just) under 10 mins/km. Ralph was running almost 50% faster than me, but then he did win by over 8 minutes.
The weather was hot and sunny, although some of the paths through the woodland were pleasantly cool and I was running early. It was probably over 20*C by the time I finished my course - I really felt the long 100m climb up to the finish control pick.