First run of my new Inov-8 Oroc 340 (yes I got 2 new pairs of different shoes .. wanted to make sure at least one would be suitable)
started as the only person not wearing pink in the first 7 starters
Saw the first 2 runners taking the track, but the map told me to jump up to the oval, made up a little time on Paul as he lead the way to #1, saw him leave the control in the wrong direction so I figured we had different loops, was low on #2 but found Patrik had done the same and was just behind him on #2
Hit the looping track around 3 and 4, I was a little lower, saw Patrik appear to go straight through the bush, I followed north to 3, Patrik took the W loop past 4 and we hit 3 about the same time.
Followed path to 4, with little between us, took slightly different paths to 5, where we almost collided trying to join a single track at the same time, I slowed down a little giving him a 10 seconds advantage out of 5.
Track to 6 where Partik took a left fork towards 7, so I took the lead at #6 but saw him racing with some serious pace into 6 and out that my lead vanished within seconds ...
Patrik took a path towards 7 which I thought was an earlier one so I ended up hitting 8 first, but was looking for 7, lost 25-30 seconds, but also lost sight of Patrik, never to be seen again :)
9-15 were clean, but hit some green out of 9 and struggled with the hill.
running to 16 and thinking this was the last control, read the number but it didn't match the last control on the map .. lost 50 seconds and much more dignity since this was the spectator control !!! before I realised that it was control 16 not 18 !!!
I think I was overtaken by Shingo (but I saw it as been overtaken by someone in pink and black, so it didn't matter who) I had adrenaline pumping, and was thinking clearly now so I tried to belt though the last 2 controls to overtake them, we hit 17 together, then I bashed my way to 18 first . then finished with not too many people before me ..
well done to Patrik!