At Hill End, came 3rd, +4:00 (well 3:59.9 really) to Matt Doyle. This was a good race, which I very much enjoyed - nice terrain, nice cool weather, nice course, legs feeling relatively ok, a good comeback after a bit of a shocker early on, and a result at least as good as I was hoping/expecting.
Hit #1 fine so charged off full of confidence to #2 only to get myself into a 90 degree spin which led to me crossing the wrong massive valley and getting very confused. Funny thing was Grace had already told me about half the girls on 1st leg the previous day doing exactly the same thing in exactly the same spot. So that was 1:40mins binned on what turned out to be a relatively straightforward course techincally. Oops.
Got into a good groove after that though, and found my legs feeling really good on the road run to #5. Took a decent route on the long leg to #8 but crossed the big ravine at a really bad spot (this was apparent later when Matt showed me a good place to cross on the way to #21), which dropped another ~30secs. Pretty good through the short legs and the steep section out the back of the village, but on the long leg to #18 back through the arena noticed I was getting a bit tired. So I opted for the easier running road route, which I think was ok.
Dithered a bit coming out of #19 then got a bit spooked by a loud noise from behind which led to me tripping and snapping my compass in two. Cursing my immense misfortune, I looked behind to see what the source of the noise was... Matt Doyle my 4 minute man catching me. Grrr. Anyway, not too long left now and on dropping into #20 we picked up Marty. Cue a bit of a burn-up to the aforementioned #21 where Matt led us across the big ravine at a nice spot. The control pick to the finish was fun and Matt kindly gave me a couple of chances to lead the train - i.e. we were quite scrappy (it turned out that Andrew pipped me for 2nd through this bit). Still, got the last control first and I will claim I punched the finish ahead of Matt even though I have no proof. Happy with 3rd, and also happy to be outclassed by two young Cockies.