Orienteering race 44:07  4.3 km (10:16 / km) +85m 9:20 / km
shoes: IceBug Olx 4
DVOA Mt. Penn Brown. For a variety of reasons I didn't fancy my chances on this course (vague contours, downhill course, rain, or at least glasses-off weather, yada yada). But happily, things went much better than expected. There were lots of mapped features to navigate by, the visibility was great (the glasses stayed on all the way), and I found I could run fast and stay in control. What's better than that?
The leg from 1 to 2 was the technical crux of the course, although I didn't know it at the time, and I handled it o.k. I left the road where the big ditch crossed it, and on compass I was a little uphill of where I should have been, but I ran across the rocky stuff just north of the control, and I could see the thicket from there.
After #3 turned out easy, following the stone walls into the control, I decided I should speed up. On the long leg to 5 I went through some crud and came out at the swimming pool in the field, which worked out well. I left the road after the power line cut and attacked from the rocks at the top of the hill.
A small error on 6, when I got drawn into the wrong control, but I got back on course, losing a minute or so. Left the road to 7 a little early and found another wrong control at the top of the hill, but no time lost there.
First on BrownX by a wide margin.