Orienteering race 1  0.1 km (10 / km)
Easter Stage 4
8th in M21E, 7th overall out of 45
This was a reverse chasing start format, with the leader going out last. This format tends to facilitate groups of runners, and this happened in the last third of the course today.
I caught Alex Massey at #11, and then Andrew Barnett, Ian Lawford and Lachlan Dow caught us on the way to #15.
I enjoyed the terrain today. I think it was the best of the 4 stages.
Overall, I was very pleased to finished 7th in M21E as an M41. I have done many M21E Easter competitions since 1995, and this is one of my better overall results. The mid-field strength was a little weaker than usual, although I thought that the top end was strong, and I was closer to the top times than I expected.
I was very proud of my kids today. Especially Mason who moved up to 2nd in his first year of M14. His course was quite challenging, and it looks like he is going to cope well with the harder courses. He has also done well to make the large jump from courses that last about 15 minutes, up to those around 40-50 minutes.
Torren and Sophie are yet to be tested on harder courses, but they have shown that they can run fast on easy courses. You can't ask for any more than 6 wins from 6 starts. They both have attractive running styles, and are a pleasure to watch. I wish I could have run like Torren when I was 10 years old.
It's nice to see that they have been listening to instructions and technical advice. It is certainly fun to share my enjoyment of orienteering with the whole family.