Run race ((orienteering)) 49:29  *** 5.0 km (9:54 / km) +90m 9:05 / km
North American middle. Flat technical terrain as yesterday, with lots of little one-contour bumps and not a lot bigger, visibility often not great, mapped better than yesterday but the greens were still fairly unreliable.
Started slightly bizarrely with a 180 out of the start triangle. Picked that one up within seconds then got through the first four without significant (technical) time loss, but not with any real confidence in my navigation. I then dropped a couple of minutes on 5, largely from thinking I was too far south because I thought I'd seen a distinct vegetation boundary that I hadn't. 8 was a long, scary leg through nothing much - held it together for most of the way but lost it at the end and bounced back off 9, dropping another minute. (Many people came unstuck here - it was actually one of my better leg placings, and a control a couple of hundred metres short of there caused carnage in the women's field with double-digit time losses for several big names).
Did much better from there, only trivial time losses and started to feel as if I was making sense of the terrain, though still slow. Ended up about two-thirds of the way down which is further off the bottom than I've recently been at home, with a couple of worthwhile scalps. Rasmuss Andersson did an utterly ridiculous 28, Marc Lauenstein a slightly more realistic 33. Best local was Brian May at 37, striking a blow for the forty-somethings and earning himself a WOC place (don't know if he'll take it up). Some massive blowouts today, particularly amongst the women.
It's been a good event so far; in terms of the level of organisation I'd put it roughly on a par with one of our national carnival events, and numbers are broadly similar too (in the 600s). Our field was pleasingly large at 67. One big difference with Australia is that there are 10-year masters groups except for the very oldest (75+), and no AS or B classes - something some will love and some will hate.