Run warm up/down (Jog from hotel to assembl) 8:59 1.42 km (6:20 / km) +12m6:04 / km ahr:146 max:157 shoes: Feet2 - Yellow
Orienteering race (Urban sprint, Soho) 28:36 5.81 km (4:56 / km) +20m4:51 / km ahr:174 max:190 slept:6.0 shoes: Feet2 - Yellow
Very enjoyable course, great to run through iconic Covent Garden and Leicester Square etc.
Very poor control placement of 1st control (169) meant I lost 1:25 checking nearby canopies before realising that instead of being under a canopy at least 5 mtr down an alleyway, it was on lamppost opposite canopy entrance across a wide pavement. Will be interesting to see if that leg is voided as apparently I wasn't the first to complain. No doubt not entirely planners fault as it looks like building work has progressed to end of alley and they had to find a solution. But perhaps a warning in start lanes would have been fair.
That said, I had a great time, happy with my major route choices and happy with my speed and fitness for once!
UPDATE: Having now been in touch with controller they confirmed they intended to hav ea note in start lanes but this didn't get through to the right people in the rush to get the start open before tourists filled covent garden! BOF Rules wont allow for a voided leg, only for a voided course, so they def. made right decision not to void it. They were apologetic and I do understand that this was a last minute change in the building works and they did the best they could. I probably ran harder for the rest of the race as was fired up - and trying to keep up with Tessa Strain which lasted for all of about 100m....!
Orienteering race (London City Race Mens Vet) 53:29 9.61 km (5:34 / km) +66m5:23 / km ahr:172 max:189 shoes: Feet2 - Yellow
6-7 made classic wrong side of wall not reading control descriptions mistake. 13-14 went marginally longer way around as I thought I could cut through under a canopy. Realised mistake well before I got there, doubt I lost that much time. 15-16 went left and probably quite a bit longer, but with a straight running section could plan a bit ahead and subsequently avoided getting caught out by the tempting straight on at 18 option...
Quite happy with race, and great to visit the Finnish church for a plate of homely Finnish comfort food (makaroonilaatikko) just a shame the church sauna is still out of action.