Orienteering race 57:18  4.9 km (11:42 / km) +295m 8:59 / km
shoes: Brooks Cascadia 5
Easter 3 Days - day 3 at Cherry Farm
Great first leg but I stupidly went straight while the quicker route was keeping left and picking up a couple of bits of track and less climb. The last bit into 2 was slow through the rocks and fallen trees and it would have been quicker running around the bottom then up. I ran along the open valley then up beautiful side valley to 3 - this is why I go orienteering as it was just magic running up through the bracken with the rocks on either side. I stuffed around at the end thinking the cliff was my boulder so I was surprised not to find a flag and also not to find a northern side of a boulder. I just kept going to the next feature but lost 20 sec. Ok to 4 then ran to the broken fence, and hit it in the middle. I thought 'fence end' so turned left and went to the wrong end, so checked my description again and went to the other end. I then ran off in slightly the wrong direction and by the time I gathered myself I was past the gully and looking at the spur to the east of the correct one. I then managed a beautiful parallel error 100m to the east of where I should have been. After kissing goodbye to 4 minutes I was back at the control. Quick down to 7 then ran north into the next valley and followed it to the end then angled up onto the spur leading to 8. I intended to go right on 8 to 9 but didn't go far enough when I hit the first track. Instead of going another 200m and 2 contours i started traversing into the gully. Dumb. I ended up adding an extra 30 m of climb by having to drop into the next gully before climbing to the second track. so easily lost a minute. I was disappointed with my thinking today and need to do some more practise if I want to improve - its not like riding a bike.
I ended up 4th overall. Geoff was supreme as always wining every day, and Melvyn had a great run today and it would have been hard to stay ahead of him without a perfect run. Russ showed the benefit of three steady runs for a well deserved 3rd place.