Orienteering race 38:04  5.0 mi (7:37 / mi)
Nonsense format strikes again.
Lost nearly two minutes at 1, despite going straight there I forgot my own mantra from last year and looked at the control descriptions (depression) and failed to check the kite on the highest point around. By the time I did, Chas had arrived. He followed me for 5, then I followed him for 17 legs, controls being too close together to get away although he pulled out a handy gap on each leg. Then I misread a thicket and got dropped. Reached the next control with Nigel Bunn, so apart from the 128th best split to 1, I didn't have to do any navigation.
Result: 4th on M50, British Champs. Proof that I'm a good orienteer :(
One of the reasons for going to BSM this year was the expected quality of planning. With many planners today's area would be a bingo nonsense. It wasn't, the planning had some excellent aspects, very fair control sites, fair hanging, and there's not much the planner can do about the nature of the area. But there are simply too many controls: Charlie would have easily dropped me on any 500m leg, then I'd have got to do some navigating and my result would be representative. Seamus told me he'd planned the best courses he could, complete with legs as long as the terrain would allow, but was then forced to add loads more controls: how did Britishorienteering get into this mindset? Who even wants it?