Orienteering race 14:24  3.14 km (4:35 / km) +28m 4:23 / km
shoes: Asics Hyperspeed
British Sprints M45, A final, 6th place.
Off the start, short leg, sight the bushes the control is between, leg it across the grass towards it whilst looking ahead on the map - oops ornamental pond in the way, never saw it on the map and I have almost run into it....round to the left but 5secs or so lost and rushing a bit now.......short legs to #2 and #3 but round to the right to #4 and immediately know that is wrong and I should have dog-legged, 10 more secs gone.
Still rushing and quick to #5 and #6 then again go right on the longer to #7....but immediately see there is no gap where I thought there was and I have to go much further round to the right. Push hard and get up the high-but-crossable wall in front of the control instead of going round, but that is another 15secs lost. Starting to think Chappers from 1 min back might get me in sight. Don't look back!
Hesitate to pick a route round to the bridge crossing but don't fall into the no-way-through trap, but still rushing, 5+ more secs by almost going wrong side of uncrossable wall at #12 but check description just in time, then confused by map en route to #13, unexpected grassy bank all along to my right. Eventually work out that it is mapped as white but now I have lost track of the buildings and tracks to my left. Head in but it is too soon, cut through one block then have to stand still and work out where I am. Still too soon and have to go on. It is only 10-15secs lost but feels like ages.
Calm down and take my time to check the route leaving #13, left and right look similar and choose right. Pretty good back from here but not quite on line to the last control and have to go over an extra knoll, means I am 1 second down when I finish. Not for long though as Martin W has caught Mark and they are both already on the run-in.
Martin won in a very impressive 12:46 with Mark third in 13:50. John Duckworth second in 13:25. Then Clive Hallett 14:15 and Kenny Leitch 14:23.
A bit disappointed with time loss and felt like I should have got fourth. Could find the time to have got up to third but it would have needed a pretty clean run...Martin's time was well out of reach.
Running warm up/down 30:00  3.5 km (8:34 / km)
shoes: Asics Hyperspeed
Run to the start and then drills and jogging in the handy field. Posse warm down after.