Orienteering race (Sprint Race) 21:03  ** 3.24 km (6:30 / km) +90m 5:42 / km
spiked:14/16c slept:9.0 shoes: Standard White O-Shoes
JK 2006 Prologue: Sprint-O, Temple Newsam.
Arrived at Temple Newsam, near Leeds, in the late afternoon, having just travelled up from London. Weather was sunny, crisp and clear, although with a chilly breeze. I was apprehensive as to my fitness/strength, having avoided all forms of exercise for the last four weeks, and was going to just walk/jog around a few of the training controls. But decided at the last second to do the Men's Open sprint. Ran deliberately slowly (a jog really, rather than a sprint) but felt generally OK once I realised I has enough strength to make it around. In the end, I posted a good time - ending up 86th= out of a field of over 200 - probably the largest ever field I have run in.
It was lovely to run through the ornamental parkland, through visitors relaxing on the lawns, up to follies and around the ponds. The finish - into an ampitheatre thronged by spectators, other competitors and the flags of the JK entrants - was dramatic. I really enjoyed this, my first proper sprint race, and hope to do some more in the future.
Mistakes - two poor route choices (20s wasted for each), one mistake (20s again) and maybe 90s wasted for going deliberately slowly - but this may have been why I only made small mistakes.