Run race ((orienteering)) 1:34:03  *** 12.0 km (7:50 / km) +520m 6:27 / km
NOL Long at Livelys Bog. In the past I've done well in this fixture, perhaps because my motivation deficit at the end of the Easter week is less than everyone else's motivation deficit at the end of the Easter week. (There are often a lot of DNFs on this day, although not this year - only two across the two elite classes, and one of those was Bruce who for all intents and purposes was a DNS).
My last outing on Livelys Bog was the 1988 APOC relay, an epic last-leg slugfest with Ant Burnett on a hot day which is among the more memorable (if perhaps not the best) of my 1600+ races; he did me in the finish chute and then collapsed immediately after crossing the line. (A few of those I was running against today hadn't been born the last time I was here). In 1988 there had been a recent fire, most of the forest was very open and most of the marshes were yellow. I'd hoped it might be similar this year as there were programme notes about fire but as it turned out it was quite similar to the 2005-model Littlechild Creek, although a bit less steep - lots of bracken and fallen timber and generally pretty physical.
Crashed some dark green on the way to 1 and immediately regretted it (although it probably cost me 30 seconds at worst). Settled after that and didn't miss anything on fine navigation through the first eight. Caught Ryan at 5, which surprised me a little; he seemed to be struggling a bit to hold on but it was still unexpected for him to disappear from sight at 7 (as it turned out he pulled out after hitting his leg). My one significant error followed shortly after, failing to see 9 from a short distance and wasting 90 seconds in the circle as Simon came through, then it settled back into the grind. Tired a bit in the last quarter by which stage I would probably rather have been in a cafe somewhere (Hanny claimed to have reached the same state by halfway but you don't have to believe it). A bit disappointed with 12th, especially as 4th was less than three minutes away (although the gap from 1st to 4th was 19 minutes!).
Had the chance to look at the split times from Easter. An interesting quirk is that on the last three days (the three that are on Splitsbrowser) I had the 8th fastest overall time, but only placed higher than 8th on six out of 56 controls - although this did include a rare split win (especially when Julian is involved!), leg 3 on Saturday (I dropped down and then came back up, which seems to have been a better option than going straight, plus I was working pretty hard to try to get clear of Eoin).