Orienteering race 45:24  ** 4.2 km (10:49 / km) +45m 10:16 / km
spiked:14/18c shoes: New Balance RX Terrain
Tamar Triple Day 1: Middle Distance Race, Cookworthy Moor.
I didn't particularly enjoy the last couple of orienteering events I ran in my home county (Devon), but I have to admit that, after only running one day of this year's Tamar Triple, I'm impressed. I quite enjoyed running in this part of the forest. Even the wet weather didn't put me off. Hopefully the forest on the other side of the road (used for the other two days) is as good.
Although the area used for Day 1 is quite small, it is surprisingly varied. About half the area is runnable, with little in the way of brashings and brambles. The area is fairly flat and has few paths, but a moderately extensive ditch network makes up for the lack of other features.
I didn't get off to the greatest of starts, losing a few minutes on a fairly easy first control. No. 12 was my other biggish mistake. I decided to head straight through an area of green nastiness, which slowed me right down. Also, when I emerged from the green, I should have just headed to the east as I had been forced to veer west through the green, but instead I contined west and relocated off a control on a hide about 200m away from the one I wanted.
Overall very enjoyable, looking forward to tomorrow!