JK Middle, Old Windmill Hill, M55L, 5.4km, 175m, 24 controls. 38:44, 2nd.
Good run, despite nerves & hot weather & the stress of Chas starting 4 mins behind me. Got a little lost en route to no 2, then no 3 was fine then I stopped at no 4 to show a little girl where she was (10 seconds) - sorry, I'm not mean enough to leave her there at a "wrong" control (not wrong for me!)
caught Nick L shortly after & stung myself in nettle patch passing him en route to no 6. took east route over canal, then with Duncan H (& Kimb, both moving well) for 9-10-11, (he on M50), then on my own, dry mouth, nervous re. Chas, and trying to "keep my shit together" . Startlingly, I did, and really didn't mess up, tho got lucky on no 15 & no 20. Contouring in to no 12 seemed a good one. no 14 was good as I accidentlly found the pit which proved a perfect AP. Small 10 sec misses here & there. Finished & was a minute up on Clive & Tim T, but not officially leading , ever, as Nick Dennis of BOk had posted a sub-34 min time when his splits printout showed -20.00 at no 1. EMIT - gotta love it. So unreliable, no one knows what the hell is going on!!!!
After no 20, I let rip but didn't feel quite my usual self - the heat - ouch. 10k tomorrow - bloody hell.
Chas rapidly finished close behind me (winning in 36:58), and holding him off made me quietly pleased with myself whatever the others ran. Can i do it tomorrow? (a possibly angry Tett, 2-0 down to me now, starting 4 mins after me :-( )https://www.strava.com/activities/2305300834