orienteering race 1:24:24  8.4 km (10:03 / km)
BAOC Event at Alice Holt, wood although green was much nicer than expected and it was definitely worth a visit. It was nice to visit a new (to me) area, and I liked the feel of being in a forest. Although there were plenty of paths the course kept you thinking, and there was plenty of choice I found it trickier on the ground than I expected and the vegetation was often not what I had envisaged. No 1 was close and I chose a path route (pre-race tactic) to 2, my head was not in the orienteering and I did not see the tracks, and really just bumbled in the right sort of direction. Some text obscuring the map ooadded to my confusion. (-3mins). Realising the forest was really not to bad ran straight for the next few and got much more into it. I did have trouble at 12, could not really understand the vegetation and searched in some unmarked dry ditches (-2mins), no 14 which I approached from a path junction to the south was further right. (-90secs). Feeling a bit weary towards the end, don't think I am yet quite recovered and time is quite slow, needed to be a bit more aggressive with forest running but was more of a feeble lamb today.