Orienteering race 1:11:48  ** 7.1 km (10:07 / km) +85m 9:32 / km
spiked:20/28c shoes: New Balance RX Terrain
Tamar Triple Day 3: Regional Event with Hågaby Variations, Railway Cottages & Halwill Moor
This was the final day of the three days of the Tamar Triple, using the central section of the forest. This race consisted of three loops, returning to the same spectator control (which was also the first control) after each loop. I didn't hear anyone cheering me on from the spectator enclosure, but then again, there wasn't really anybody I knew there.
I've run quite a few orienteering races in (10 + epsilon) minutes/km, and today's race is another one to add to that list. Despite that, I felt that I had a reasonably good run.
The first loop (Railway Cottages) used the northwest corner of the forest. Yesterday's first control also dipped into this area.This section had the most contours and was mostly runnable, although there are a few splodges of green. I lost time heading the wrong way out of 3 and lost a couple of minutes at #5 after not having had a plan. Other than that I got on fairly well with this loop.
The second loop was over Halwill Moor, which, despite the name, was forest as opposed to moorland. This section, at 3.7km, was the longest loop. It ran through a flatter forest with a lot of green nastiness, which did limit where the course could go. I was perhaps silly in going through the green to #16, especially considering that I veered out to one side and then made a small 90° error. My worst mistake on this loop was at number 14, where I was thrown by a number of unmarked rides/extraction tracks. I should have used the fact that the control was before a re-entrant and should have run on to that instead of running up and down the rides.
The final loop (dubbed 'Picnic Area') was a short 900m loop with only four controls (not counting the spectator control at either end of the loop). Other than veering a little off-course to #25 I didn't really have a problem with this part.
And so that's the end of it. Thanks a lot to DEVON OC and KERNO for organising three days of enjoyable orienteering in a brand new forest in Devon, it was well worth the drive back to my parents' place for the bank holiday weekend.