Orienteering (SOG) 47:11  **** 6.0 km (7:52 / km) +170m 6:53 / km
spiked:12/17c (injured) shoes: VJ Falcon
Eartham SOG -Blue course.
First test following ankle injury previous Saturday.
Very wet under foot and heavy rain (esp later on course). Quite rushed to get changed and to the start early enough to allow the split start arrangement to work. Seemed to settle fairly quickly into course. A bit lucky on first control (veg changes didn't relate to map). Plenty of bramble throughout, but lower than it might've been (due to sustained heavy autumnal rain over last months?). No pain from ankle for about 3/4 of course. Started cautiously, but accelerated rate after first control - probably ran faster than level of fitness allowed for first 4 controls. Control 5 was wrongly placed (On an earthwall 100m S of correct earthbank) and missed on first pass - lost a minute or two. Wrong placing confirmed on leg to control 6 - came out to one side of expected position on large path. Eased off pace after No 13 once ankle started to ache (shame as there was potentially fast running available). Made 20-30s mistake on 16-17 by trying to go too straight (confused by paths).
General Impressions: Pleased that ankle hadn't caused too much trouble; Course was ok, but rather straight forward and didn't need too much analysis on the run; Disappointed by (another!) wrongly placed control - I guess it's just unlucky that we've had two such situations in close succession - one of the discriminators between level C and level D events (where there isn't the on the ground checking by an appointed controller); Surprised by result (second by 9s) in view of injury status, though the big hitters (NC, AV, KL) were not present. Congrats to Thraws on a good run and consequent good result!