Run 45:22  5.74 km (7:54 / km) +79m 7:24 / km
LEI Winter League 6 - Willesley. 2nd overall after Alistair, and 1st lady. Not too shabby.
Thoughts - SO MUDDY. Would have liked some 12mm spikes for this one.
Started off a bit rubbishly, as I've been feeling a bit rough all day (thought it was a hangover, but it turns out I've managed to acquire Alistair's illness). So just took it slowly and as a result the navigation was pretty decent (for me). Was all pretty accurate until a little error to 5 where I took a wrong bearing and got confused with some green. Made a (think they're called) parallel error to 6, so Alistair caught me here and we ran to 7 together, although he got confused and my thought process was "Alistair can't be wrong, I must follow him", so lost a bit of time (only as much as Ali. Used his mistake to push the pace to 8, which we got pretty much at the same time but as I was just behind I could plan the next leg better, meaning I got out of the control much faster but hit a fence, which Ali crossed faster. He lead me into 9. Again I'd used the tow to plan 9-10, and this paid off! We took two different routes and I would have beaten him (just) had I not hit the green near the control circle. Ali messed up here though and decided to plough through the green, whereas I went around on the path and dropped him on the way to 11 (literally took a minute out of him! V proud). Remained ahead at 12 (fairly well navigated, although suspect the longer path option would have been somewhat faster), got caught on the way to 13 and then used the tow to plan to the finish. We both took vastly different routes and arrived at the same time.
So I was very proud of that, despite some scrappy navigation, as I would say that Ali is a good orienteer! I should also mention that he is much more ill than I am at the moment, so was moving a lot slower (we both had coughing fits after punching the finish). Seeing as this will be a rare occasion, I'll take whatever I can get! Finished 3 minutes down on Ali in the end, wish I'd pushed faster at the start/not lost all that time on control 6!
Always good to get out, but I really need sleep and some serious immune-system action right now. Tomorrow's long run will be interesting..