Day 1 of the Big 5 O-Week on the Middeldam map in Belfast.
I had the last start, and the looming thunderstorm broke just as I touched my map. Ran the whole way in heavy rain. The lightning bolts were somewhat distracting, but on the plus side, at least I avoided the afternoon heat. We had a good covering of hailstones in the forest, particularly in the middle forest block.
Control # 1 was a bit of lucky dip. I only saw it from about 10m away, on the second pass, despite having mapped the area. Passed Garry here, who was looking elsewhere. Then a clean run, pushing the pace as much as possible, until #18 where I hit the road a bit too far right. Finished just under 7 mins off the pace of Taivainen and Lundanes.
Grass was long, so stayed out of the open as much as possible. Forest was perfectly runnable, didn't notice the blackjacks at all. Froze my b*tt off for the next few minutes after finishing until the rain stopped and I went out to help collect some of the controls.