See Ian's log...??? Did you guys think about trying to latch on to Will or Ian? Both well worth trying to run with in a mass start race - sorry I didn't think to mention that earlier. I've learned a lot by running with various people through chunks of such races over the years.
Hahaha - it definitely was like that for chunks of the race. However, poetic justice strikes swiftly and surely in the woods, and it caught some up in massively overshooting points! Good times - I've learned the balance I'd like to think. Definitely helps you push your thinking=speed by running with faster orienteerers!