Orienteering race (Aus Relay Champs) 51:10  9.0 km (5:41 / km)
A very exciting relay as it turned out - great fun to be part of such a good, close battle between the ACT and NZ (reminded me of battles of old between ShUOC and EUOC). Simon blitzed round 1st leg in no time, but it was great to see Lachy run really strongly also to come back with a couple of minutes on NZ. Shep then had a great run on 2nd leg and managed to come back with Nick who'd had a storming run. So Matt Ogden and I set off together on last leg to fight it out...
I'd chatted to Lachy and Simon before and it sounded like straight was going to be best on the long first leg, so that's what I did. However Matt went flying off to the right to go all the way round. Race on! 9 minutes later I round the edge of the rock, just about to punch and there's Matt in a chirpy voice saying 'Ooh so your route was better!' I said ' hello again!'. We ran together quite cleanly until #5, it gradually dawning on me that we were on exactly the same gaffle. Long leg back to #6 was interesting. I stayed high, just right of the hill tops and Matt disappeared off down the slope. As I dropped down the rocks to the spectator control, in he comes from the right to punch. It took me another 30secs to get there, so he'd got quite a gap on me. Across to #7 I felt quite demoralised fighting through the sticks but as I rounded the hill, there he was scratching his head. We stumbled into it together. Race on again! I led across the paddock to #8, climbed into some rocks, no control! Look at the map, look around. No Matt either! Shit - game over. Anyway, nothing was fitting, so went back a bit to relocate, and there's Matt scratching his head too! He asked me which control I was looking for - 166 I said. Found it after a bit but he didn't punch straight away thinking it wasn't his. Then he rechecked and realised it was his. We dropped a good 2.30mins on that one (map did seem a little peculiar in there). Anyway, race back on again! Going up the hill to #9 I got a few metres on him and found the control ok but was suddenly aware of an eerie silence, so put the boot in to #10. Glance over my shoulder - no-one there. Nice. Ran hard to #11 and no-one in sight behind still, so able to enjoy the last few controls just making sure not to do anything stupid. Very pleased to see Lachy and Shep (and Roy) there to cross the line with - and Jo just behind the line having just taken an exciting win for the female Cockies!
So, a slightly ordinary run for me in terms of mistakes, but most of those were made at the same time as Matt - I'm sure we'd have both run better on our own! Great relay racing though, and a fitting end to a really good fun carnival.
Running 40:00  6.0 km (6:40 / km)
Fairly minimal warm-up, but collected a few controls after the prize giving - it's a beautiful area and the flatter bit to the east was really pleasant to run through (but no cool rocks).