Run race ((orienteering)) 1:18:39  *** 8.0 km (9:50 / km) +460m 7:38 / km
Last day of Easter, with a fairly similar result to yesterday - moved up two places in the overall standings thanks to DNFs ahead of me, to a final position of 28th.
I felt less tired and stiff beforehand than has been typical of recent Easters, but knew this would be a more physical final day than most recent Easters. The soreness at the top of my left foot was also a concern, although settled down after the first 15 minutes or so. Got the critical route choice, the low option to 2, right, and then kept plugging away through the heavy sandstone sections, not really getting anything wrong but not displaying a great deal of strength either. That was demonstrated in no uncertain terms by the climb out of 21, the last control in the sandstone - I was with Anna, I was running (or attempting thereof), she was walking, and we were moving at roughly the same speed. Found the last loop a struggle and missed 30 seconds or so on the third-last; obviously my finish was very slow too, because Andy Hill got me to the tune of 16 seconds to 26 to finish 3 seconds ahead of me on the day.
Being as far down the list as I was this weekend, even on the days when I was running well, was another reminder that I'm no longer really competitive at this level (and with the fields having become as large as they have, even getting into the National League points is a rarity now). I'll still probably run 21E in WA as I doubt many of those who ran M40 this weekend will travel, but next Easter might well be time to make the move.
Today was an excellent arena and in general it was a very well-organised four days of competition. I would, though, welcome ideas for making presentation ceremonies more efficient - 75 minutes is definitely too long. (At one stage it was a particularly agonising experience for me - not sure how many of you noticed, but when I got up in anticipation of doing my bit of the presentations, I got a fairly spectacular cramp in my quads and was hopping around the field for a couple of minutes trying to get rid of it).