NEOC club event at Mt. Tom, Western Mass rules -- 18 controls, get as many as you want in any order, classes are for those who get all 18, or at least 15, or at least 11, or at least 8.
Lovely day, good turnout (maybe 125+), about 30+ did all 18. I spent a couple of hours manning the start and finish, very pleasant. It's an easy format to administer, you can just keep starting folks whenever they want because they are going different ways. I was thinking at some point I'd pass on running, just go out later and fetch a few controls, but then Gail and Andy M showed up to take over, so I had no excuse.
Had a so-so run. Did the harder section first, NE kingdom. My orienteering was very shaky early on, slowly got better, good at the end, though that may have been just due to the fact that the O' got easier. Likewise my running got better and better, but then the course also got physically easier as I progressed. One bad control, #15, lost a couple of minutes. But ran pretty hard the last 20 minutes.
Do believe I beat all the fast women (Sam, Ali, Pavlina, Cristina....). And a few OFs too. But the young studs, led by Ross, also Joe (though calling him young is a bit of a stretch), were a whole lot faster, not even in the same dimension.
Nice production by Phil. He also had put notes/ads in the local paper, brought out a few local runners, including the best trail runner in New England, though you couldn't tell by his time today.
Other notes. Cristina was there, she seemed to be looking especially thin. Also her parents, I compared notes with her mom on how we both manage to look so young. Also Melissa's dad, who arrived early and hustled off to do the White course before his daughter got there, and then spent a very long time out there while Melissa was getting quite worried. Also a few local runners, not that they can orienteer well but still nice to see, have to start somewhere.
Also Eric Benson, Ali's friend, had trouble in the NE kingdom (who doesn't?), then went out to pick up controls afterwards. I hope CSU's recruiters are after him. Also Fred, the reason Mt. Tom got mapped, he lived just on the west side of the ridge, talked me into it, I thought there was too much laurel.
Best run of the day was by Ross, by far. He is getting better, but still a long ways to go.