Run race ((orienteering)) 51:17  *** 7.0 km (7:20 / km)
London City Race, on the south side of the Thames at Rotherhithe. This part of London, perhaps more than most, has led a few different lives over the last couple of centuries, from the scene of some of the slums depicted in Oliver Twist, to a busy docks area through the mid-20th century (with some interruption thanks to the Luftwaffe), to its current incarnation as a relatively quiet and increasingly upmarket housing area, with the docks mostly filled in. The area might have been lacking in the iconic features that the London City Race sometimes provides (that will come with the Soho event tomorrow), but was an excellent area from the urban orienteering perspective.
A bit disconcerted at the start because it took me a while to find the start on the map (the alignment of the triangle was such that two of its three sides coincided almost perfectly with fences), and that might have carried on a bit further because I overshot a pathway on the way into 1 and lost 15 seconds or so. In general it took me a bit of time to get my concentration into gear, but I managed to avoid the trap at 4, and thought I'd planned to avoid it at 7 but then made a mess of my execution, and decided to cut my losses and switch to another route choice instead, which cost me probably 40 seconds or so. No further significant losses on route choice or fine navigation, on a course which featured a couple of legs which looked very long on a 1:5000 map (but were in fact just over 1km apiece), and running better than I often have been over the last couple of months. A fun day, and managed to get in before the rain started, although still very humid.
The mistake on 7 was costly; there was a bunch of 18 people within 2 minutes in my class (veteran men, M35-49), and I was 17th of them, narrowly beaten by some familiar names (Richard Baxter, Martin Ward) and plenty of unfamiliar ones. Ended up 27th, about a quarter of the way down. Fastest time was 42.