Orienteering - Bush (NOY7 Shonala Street) 56:44  4.5 km (12:36 / km)
shoes: Slazengers 2012 MkB
Run previously on this "Heart Rate Hills" map and had very mixed results with some long periods of getting lost ... and some faultless runs. Contours, contours, contours everywhere.
#1 So close to the start that the circle overlapped the triangle. I still managed to overshoot and had to come back. Almost the slowest competitor to this control losing about 2 minutes looking at the splits. So great start for me ... again.
#2 South down track. W following streamer trail. Cut through the bush. Came to watercourse low. Chose the wrong arm so lost some time. So two screwups already so wrote this event off.
#3 Really struggling on the hills so resorted to walking some. Up to track. NW along track. Then diagonal to correct water course. No issues.
#4 NW to other track. Took the 2nd branch off to the west. Down to watercourse and along to control. No issues.
#5 NE back to main track. Up to track Y intersection. North to minor track. Followed minor track around W to Y intersection. Then N. Started off E on track before realising error so back track 10 m then N to water course. Round to dirt mound. No issues.
#6 E past first track, across water course to come across minor track ? Guessed it must be the one N of water course that 6 was in. Up water course and could see 6 from more than 100 m away. Lucky.
#7 S to main track. Walked up this entire hill. A Long Hard competitor next to me did the same. Followed main track to Y branch. Took branch to W. Minor track S past rise. Been here many times before. Made sure I took the correct spur down to gully. On to control no issues.
#8 SW up to track and down other side straight to control. No issues.
#9 SW down across creek, track, creek and up again to control. No issues.
#10 E back to main track. Run parallel to water course but up out of the green. To power pole. Around track to bend. Then E from bend to see control from 50 m away. No issues.
#11 NE to control. No issues.
#12 NE to track. Down to control. No issues.
#13 E to control. No issues.
So came back expecting my time would be terrible but ended up coming 9th of 24 as multiple other people had major shockers. My two screwups ended up not being significant enough to knock me down the bottom.