Orienteering - race 38:06  3.4 mi (11:12 / mi)
Very first Scottish Middle Champs
Got to try to win it. Ray starting 2 mins in front. Colin 6 mins. Starter triedto set Fraser p off in between us. I objected at that. I am not a fan of running with others at the best of times, and Fraser makes me giggle too much to concentrate...
On the way to 1 I saw Ray coming out. You are going the wrong way he shouted. When I wasn’t. I knew I was right, but I am so deaf I had to stop to listen properly cause it might have been a message about the kids, so as a mother I worried and stopped to listen properly. Grrr.
Caught him at 2 where he was mucking around. Ran hard to 3 to shake him. He is a stronger runner, so he sat in and sprinted past me to punch first at the control. FFS! Did the same at 4, telling me he’d got a better split. Grr! I relaxed a bit up to 5 and let him run on and take a dubious line. Beat him. Caned it straight to 6, and thought I had lost him to 7 but when I turned to come back up the hill he was there. Picked up colin here.
To 8 it was run hard picking off the green. Not sure what the green would be but it was Rhodis. Colin and Ray got ahead in the descent (need to do more cycling to improve leg strength) and they got to the control first. I thought the contoured fitted but the rhodis didn’t. But they were under the red line. They got ahead further to 9. But to 10 they got too low. I punched first, then Ray after a bit. He chatted to colin at the control, but Colin didn’t see the control, and caned it down the hill after me and Ray, only to have to turn back after a bit. Colin dropped.
Ray got back up with me at 11 asi was really confused. On the map it was a small path to the control, but it was big on the ground. Time loss here. Caned it to 12 trying to drop Ray,13 too, but dying here. Straight to 14 which was masochistic even for me. Died to 15 and finish. Ray took 33 secs out of me here.
Could have run 1 min faster max over the whole course. Totally gutted myself. Will and Grace both had very classy runs indeed!
Massively fun course and terrain - that’s what I call Scottish Orienteering!