VHI individual, Pentlands, 5.7km/28m, Blue. 48:54, 1st place in VHI
Basically I *had* to run well today, it was binary.
A little worried as Donald Petrie started 2 mins after me in a very open area. An open, rather tough area. Clive started on Short Brown the same time as me, he went off like a rocket, I was barely able to stay with it, and I was flat out. Have I lost it?
Good start in control pick area, small slip at no 5 when i saw the short blue control, 20 secs? then the LONG LEG. I planned this sensibly, IMO, but had a massive boost when I gained a view of the huge valley en route - for there were my 12, 8 & 6 minute men all toiling up the hill opposite. And no way were they that far ahead. Descended as hard as I could & jogged up the hill, John Embrey not able to run on that gradient by his own admission, Ian Maxwell was quite high, Mark S went left. I took a good line across the slope, & by the time i was above the control, they were at it / leaving it etc so I was gifted the flag. Mark overshot no 7 and so I pulled John back on to it, then it was a question of running down Ian - which took another 6 minutes!!!! Another piece of good luck was getting into the Dave Godfree / Marcus Pinker train - leading me to the circle on no 9 but I did need to stop & find it as they had another control further on.
No 10 was potentially a cock-uppable leg and I identified a gate as AP. (Nigel lost time here). Even jogging / walking in from there, I missed by 20secs, and it was worrying for a while; Ian, Dave & Marcus were also in there with me - I found it 1st. Then eyeballs out with the "youngsters" to the end.
Won by 6 minutes (M55 class) ; Kim nearly 4 mins down - certainly my best run for a while, and justifying my "selection". England won! Long afternoon chilling at SOL event and then late flight back from Edinburgh via Rob Lee's. Very satisfying weekend - but it could have been disastrous had i messed up today. But I delivered. nb. someone called Mark Nixon M35 was 7 minutes faster - bugger. Not a win then! ;-)
England again emerged victorious, from Scotland, (153 to 136), and everyone went home happy. And - NO ONE DQed!!!! :-) (not even Clive)https://www.strava.com/activities/2730600675