Rogaining race (M3 Rogaine) 11:46:40  ** 74.49 km (9:29 / km) +1605m 8:34 / km
spiked:51/63c shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D black/pewter
It was only just Tuesday evening I was telling Richard I'd never collected all the controls on a 12 hour event and so blow me down, look what happened!
Our team of tRicky, Nicki and Steve M were really well matched and took off out of the start as fast as we could because we didn't want anyone seeing which direction we ran off to.
I don't know what happened during the night but somehow we came across Tooms and Andre
FIVE SIX TIMES and Juffy and Dolf THREE TIMES and I think we encountered every other team on the course at least once. We went along okay until our first encounter with Glooms where we tried to trick him by running away from the control before we'd found it to try and lead him astray but it didn't work and so we had to try and catch up again later. After that we didn't have any big mishaps until after the moon went down, then we spent ages running around in circles trying to find controls in the pitch black. Steve's Petzl zoom headlamp with the flat batteries came in really handily, not in finding controls but in providing humour for the team.
Once we hit the NW we decided we had so much time left that we decided to waste it all by messing up more controls, just to make it interesting on the run home. This worked a treat because rather than having 1.5hrs to spare at the finish as per my pre-race estimate, we instead only had 15 minutes.
Enjoyable event, and by my research the first time since Feb 2004 that a team of more than two people has won a WA event, and the first time since April 2002 that a mixed team has won (excluding 2009 Aus Champs).