orienteering race 1:52:57  8.1 km (13:57 / km)
BOK Gallopen at Stock Hill -always a tricky area and without doubt care is needed.
Ups - disaster struck today.....
Clean through short legs 1-3, and then next onto a path run which allowed some pre-planning. Could not make head or tail of veg changes, on E-W path so went in a bit late and straight into adjacent no. 5, code checked but seemed ok as had next two in my head. From pre-planning I knew I needed to use line of planting but instead of doing this from 6, I did it from 5 and headed vaguely towards 7 but suddenly started to realise what was going on???? Had to retrace around the controls properly. Not good for morale. But actually not navigating too badly until on the way to 108 and in retrospect must have misread the paths, went through 107 thought this confirmed I was too far west and navigated east to a pit, no control, perhaps correction was wrong. Area is however diffuse and what is on the map and particularly paths not easy to interpret, tried several times and failed. Realised I must have made a parallel error mistaking small and big paths and needed to go to the adjacent block - no joy but I did find a control ….I wonder - back to back maps..... there it was 104 I know where I am, Hurray! carefully retraced steps through now familiar forest ticked of features and there it was 'plain as a pikestaff' 108. I am pretty sure I was initially within yards but did not have the confidence to believe in myself. Leg took 16.46. (At one time I could cover 5 km and get my breath back in that time not 500m !)
I was now in a bit of a plod, concentrate, navigate and went through the next 18 controls ok, except my saviour 104 where I went along a parallel set of holes.
So dead last when I finished and disappointed to have messed up with completely self inflicted wounds on what was a well planned and technically challenging course.....what day is the beginners coaching???