Orienteering race 1:02:49  9.35 km (6:43 / km) +373m 5:36 / km
ahr:147 max:161 shoes: VJ Falcon 2013
British Night Championships, Pippingford Park
M45L, 4th place
Moving okay to start but dropped time to #2 (1min30) by believing the map when it said the control feature needed two contours of climb after the knoll on the red line....a lot of others suffered similarly.
Sloppy too far left to #3 and hesitant to correct (30s).
Lack of care at #7, thought I would see the circular bank below me, and overshot too high (1min).
Long leg to #10, went right to avoid climb and then through terrain not up forest road for same reason. Dropped too low approaching circle and had to climb back up (1min).
Started to get it going a bit more after #11 although road probably quicker than straight to #15, wobbled in the circle here too.
Picked up pace coming past the ponds to #16, and #17 seemed easy 'through the white to the hole on the edge of the yellow'. Ran through the trees, got to the open, there was a flag - but in a re-entrant? Overshot ran back - found a thicket - turned out to be a bonus extra unmapped on! Finally relocated and back in, couldn't understand why the control was in trees. Only afterwards did I see the problem was my old nemesis, the thing I never see on a map, what I thought was open was rough open with scattered trees. 3 mins lost.
Actually running pretty strongly after that and quick through the final section. Pulled back a couple of minutes from 17-F on Ifor P and Alan V who finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively 2:52 and 1:36 ahead. Frustrating!
Didn't feel like at the time like I had lost 7mins out there, and was pleased with how I ran given fitness levels. Even so, 8 mins behind Dave P who won in 54:25 (and 10min behind Quentin who won M50) is a big big gap....