Orienteering race (Local Event) 1:05:00  *** 7.82 km (8:19 / km) +200m 7:22 / km
spiked:18/23c slept:7.5 weight:67.3kg shoes: Standard White O-Shoes
TVOC Summer Series event at Hughenden, near High Wycombe. 7.8km for a Tuesday evening event - ouch! But the going was easier as it was a little cooler than at the weekend. But it did get dark towards the end, and so I had some problems reading the map!
Finished 12th out of 23 runners - very suprised as I thought I was almost the last person back. I Took it very easy, also made quite a few mistakes, some bad.
The first loop was 5.6km, it was a mass start, but I made a slight navigational mistake at 2 and 3, in the dark woods, and lost the pack. 7 was tricky - again, it was quite dark. 8 was my first major mistake - I went too far to the left, got confused, and ran down an earth wall parallel to the one I needed to be on, wasting perhaps 2 minutes. Some confusion at 9 as the control number was wrong - wasted 30 seconds here. After a nice stint through an open park, it was back up the seemingly neverending hill for the second loop. The gloom was definitely gathering, I was poor in finding 3 due to a risky route choice. 7 was the second big mistake of the night - the complex path network confused me and I made a 90 degree error, heading uphill to the left, when instead I wanted to go down to the right. A 1 min mistake. Then it was just a long, steady jog back to the start.
Time is estimated as the results are in points, not in time.