Orienteering warm up/down 6:52  1.29 km (5:20 / km) +34m 4:43 / km
Quick jog to start having peered slightly down to where the finish was.
Orienteering race (Northern Champs) 1:22:09  10.53 km (7:48 / km) +392m 6:35 / km
Boiisss, finally got a forest race without too much disappointment. Only 19 minutes off winners which is still a lot but I'm heading in the right direction. Really enjoyed it and felt like my Orienteering was coming together with some solid legs.
Despite this still made mistakes, 30s to 1 by not being certain of where I was and not seeing a flag, despite it being the other side of the knoll, so having a look along the ridge instead. 2:30 to 3, literally ran to the shallow reentrant but missed it, spent ages up to a hill above it thinking it must be on that instead, I should have looked at my map and worked out that it couldn't be up the hill but hey ho.
Routechoice to 6, map looked grimy to go straight, so I dropped and went along the road. Turns out going straight was actually pretty quick.
Routechoice to 11, expected to be able to run along the bottom of a very steep sided valley, but no, chest high fallen trees along the bottom everywhere meant I had to waste time climbing up the opposite side.
Small error to 12, tried to see where other people were going to rather than finding where I was going to, there were 2 controls and I went to the wrong one. Last proper leg 21, got dragged along at the height of countours round the hill and was well off where I was meant to be, and I took ages to relocate.
Despite this I felt stronger as I was getting around, and one the well executed legs I was about 25% of the winner's time, not too bad.
Also came 2nd northern on m21 but they didn't realised DUOC was a northern club, so I didn't get a call up to the podium, we'd waited an hour and a half so not too happy about that.