Orienteering race 1:05:47  9.9 km (6:39 / km) +100m 6:20 / km
shoes: VJ Falcon Aug 2015
Day 1, Achagour. M45L, 23rd place.
Winner James Logue 53:41
Not really up for it on arrival but pepped up a bit by the news that Jase was starting 1 minute behind.
Didn't handle that too well and binned a minute to #1, got caught at #2 and passed to #3. Knew where #4 was from my wanderings to #1 but then went to the wrong knoll at #5 and got dropped.
Okay after that for a bit but then scrappy through 10-11-12. Then worse in amongst the archery targets, dropped over a minute at #14 and left with bad direction, got the wrong side of big marsh and dropped nearly 2mins getting back across to #15.
Ahead of me Jase couldn't find #16 and was maybe only 30secs out of the control as I headed into it, that cheered me up so I set out to chase. Got sight of Si Patton at #18 but couldn't catch him or see Jase, then got confused by the paths to #21 for 20-30secs.
At #23 in the green, all of a sudden there was Jase coming into it from the wrong direction to cheer me up all over again :)
Struggling to catch and Simon appeared again to pass me. Penultimate was tricky and Simon missed, then I managed to get past on the run to the final one.
Better result than performance, not many Brits ahead. Looks like a strong field in M45L though!
Then on to watch the Sprint Finals. No voice left afterwards!