IOC Relays 2022
Hadn't been the plan to run 1st but with Josh injured I had to. Magic & Boyzone made up the rest of our Open Premier (Handicap 6) team.
The start didn't go too well for me, seemed to be further behind after the first couple than I would have liked, so was chasing back early in the race.
5 was weird, control description is a copse, but just that, it was in the middle of it, would have preferred a side! I think it could well have been correct but with the pace at that stage it was hard to concentrate. Gaffled to 6 then.
Running legs then to get back to the forest. I definitely had a better line up the hill from 7 so made up some ground on that leg and then across into the forest.
Slight hesitation on 12 as had read the control code for 13. Caught back that time down the hill.
Could see Paul then in front at 17 but was wrecked after the climb up to the spectator control. Others on this gaffle went left, I went right on the path, about the same.
Last loop was straightforward.
So had some fun racing out there, Paul had about 30-40 seconds and I was 5 seconds back on Laurence. I was a lot further back position wise at 5.
Marcus and Shane had some issues, 2nd place overall. Which isn't too shabby for this team on this type of area. I did have some misgivings beforehand regarding the area, they sort of proved to be true, there were mistakes by people, the area is easy, but that's what relays do. I think the competitiveness of the race made up for things. Can't complain with the number of teams that were competitive today.
Erik & Oscar were there at the finish again today. Oscar did try to take Conall out on the run in as he finished, maybe I shouldn't have stopped him... :-)ResultsRoutegadget