Trail Running race (BPTT) 19:57  5.0 km (3:59 / km)
shoes: Gym Trainers
5th anniversary Bushy parkrun - they normally do something special for the anniversaries, so I made the long haul down across London to Bushy Park. A windy, but dry day. There were hundreds at the start - many more so than normal, and a lot of people had turned up early for the series prize-giving so it took me a good 10 seconds to cross the start line.
The first km was a bit slow (dodging all the people) and I was a little sluggish on the back straight, I was looking at a time a good 15s over 20 minutes, but managed to pull something spectacular out of the bag for the last 600m or so. For some reason, I didn't feel the usual lactic acid pain and tiredness, so was able to significantly step up the pace - especially for the last 50m when someone said "10 seconds until 20 minutes!". I ran the last 500m in 1m 40.
Finished 89th - the lowest for a long time but then it was by far the biggest BPTT crowd ever - 908 finishers according to the results. Lucozade goody-bag at the finish with a bar, gel and drink, + £5 voucher for Sweatshop - nice! A better goody bag than some pay-to-enter races I've done...
Cycling (To/from Station) 1:02:01  21.07 km (2:57 / km)
Home->Waterloo (22 minutes), Teddington->Bushy Park and then in reverse.
Orienteering race (Maize-O) 18:18  **** 0.72 km (25:25 / km)
15c slept:5.0 shoes: Gym Trainers
First qualifying run for the Maize Maze orienteering race organised by WCH. My first time in the maze, and just after a cloudburst, so very hesitant at the beginning. I also collided, soon on, with another runner, having completely failed to observe the "pass on the left" rule. The wind, however, wasn't a problem, with the eight-foot-high maize proving to be a great shield. The maze wasn't quite what I was expecting - instead of lots of dead ends, it instead generally consisted of strands of paths weaved around each other without many connections going on. It was still, therefore, extremely difficult, to spot the best routes, especially for some "trick" legs later in the course. Finished 19th out of 109. Actual distance run was 2.34km.
Orienteering race (Maize-O) 16:47  **** 0.93 km (18:03 / km)
20c shoes: Gym Trainers
After a five-minute breather, back into the maze of maize for a second qualifying run. Much better this time - I knew what was going on, how to use the bridges for navigation, and generally just had a better flow. The ground was also drying out quickly, so the many extremely tight corners were less treacherous. Finished 6th out of 111. Actual distance run was 2.33km
Orienteering race (Maize-O) 23:22  **** 1.01 km (23:08 / km)
22c shoes: Gym Trainers
The A final - at night, my first ever night orienteering. I was using Pete H's head-torch as I still haven't got around to giving it back to him from a night cycle in July (sorry Pete!) There was a clear sky and a full moon, which probably helped, but I really didn't find the orienteering too difficult - although some of the later legs were really tricky and I was very hesitant executing the routes. I also made a number of wrong turns and other short, but still annoying, mistakes. Never needed to look at the compass though, which I guess is a good thing. Finished 17th out 32 on the A course. Actual distance run was 2.89km.
Results here: http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/results/2009/Maize...
Routegadget/map here: http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/gadget/cgi-bin/rei...
Some photos here: http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/gallery/2009/Maize...
A great concept, and well executed, congrats to Stodgetta!
My GPS trace for the final looked like this:
Cycling (To/from station) 47:16  16.6 km (2:51 / km)
To/from Euston, laden with large backpack. Very busy on the canal going in.