Run race ((orienteering)) 43:13  **** 6.3 km (6:52 / km) +230m 5:48 / km
Australian Middle Distance Championships at Chewton. Finished 8th, a pleasing result and better than what I thought my run was going to achieve when I finished. Having the best of the conditions helped but others made errors, and I certainly didn't expect to be as close to the lead as four minutes.
I went out with an organiser's early start, not as lonely an experience as it usually is because this was an MFR event and five M21Es were in that category. I was a little wobbly at the start, but nothing bigger than 15 seconds, and was settling in reasonably well by mid-course, although seeming to lack a bit of power up hills (perhaps a legacy of the knee, which otherwise stood up OK). It was a little surprising to be (almost) caught by Bruce at 12. I caught Simon Goddard at much the same time and we were a group of three, more or less, for the rest of the course. The other two got a bit of a jump on me into 22 when they got a better gap in the gorse than I did and I couldn't get back on them, which disappointed me at the time - but a bit less when we found out afterwards that our splits on that sector ranked 1, 3 and 5. Bruce ended up 3rd, an excellent result for him.
Doing the commentary without being able to see anything was a bit of a challenge to say the least, but I hope we managed to keep people interested.