Orienteering race 47:00  **** 4.41 km (10:39 / km)
spiked:15/25c shoes: New Balance RX Terrain
My first Summer Series event this year, missing Shotover due to injury and Youlbury due to being in a different continent. Brill is quite a technical area but it is plagued with nettles. I wore my gaiters (for the first time in absolutely ages, I can't remember the last time I used them!) and that kept the nettles off my lower leg. However, my legs are tingling somewhat from the knees upwards!
Physically I felt superb. I was running quickly and it felt easy to run. I'm not sure what it was that has led to this (resting last week perhaps?) but it certainly was good running as fast as I was. Technically however it was another matter. In particular the Z lap of the course (I did X1ZY) had two very short legs and both of them threw me. Number 7 was a lot more visible than number 6, and so I ran straight from number 5 to number 7 and then had to run back. 9-10 was the other short leg. I started by heading off at 180° to the direction I wanted, wandered out of the green, got confused, walked about a bit and eventually wandered back in to the same area I found number 9. I also seemed to have a lot of difficulty finding number 1 on the Z course.
I've no idea how long I took. I've put my time down as 1 minute less than Kat's, and have just copied the distance she quoted. I've also estimated how many controls I spiked, since I only have a copy of the Y course with me and can't remember the locations of all the controls on the Z course.
Overall a bit of a disappointing run. Hopefully next weekend's event at Wittenham Clumps will be better.