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Training Log Archive: Ant Squire

In the 7 days ending Apr 21, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering3 2:57:47 17.74(10:01) 28.56(6:14)157.7
  Total3 2:57:47 17.74(10:01) 28.56(6:14)157.7

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Sunday Apr 20, 2008 #

Orienteering race 41:28 [5] 6.5 km (6:23 / km)

British Relays - 1st Leg Men's Premier (4th on first leg, 1st team)

British Champion! I guess we had quite a good team on paper, but I didn't really think about us being good enough to win.
Which is probably a good thing as I was almost late for the start as i was too busy doing my club captain duties. As it was i got there just in time to do my laces (although not very well as it transpired).
I kept focused on my controls and navigation over the first 6 during the usual fast start. There was a bit of a track run to 7 where I was about 30 seconds down on Craney and someone else. I then navigated on my own through the first bit of green and was slightly surprised when I popped out in the lead. That didn't last for long as I took another safe route to 10, and my laces came undone. There was a pack of 4 or 5 of us running very similar/same legs for the last few, I was slightly off the back but took a good/safe route to another control in the green and clawed some time back.
I set Dan off within 30 seconds of the lead and he came back with Neil. Oli and Murray then had a burn up on last leg, with Murray's fresh legs being just enough to finish in the lead.

It's the first thing of significance that I've won for ages - probably since my junior days over 10 years ago. It feels like good pay-back for the effort I've put in the last few years but also a motivator to keep plugging away for a few years to come!
Ben also likes the medal and it's currently hanging off the end of his bed!

Saturday Apr 19, 2008 #

Orienteering race 1:36:08 [5] 15.7 km (6:07 / km)

British Classic Champs - 15th

Kind of forgot that I should treat the terrain with some respect and slow down to read the detail properly before attacking the control. Ended up blowing serious time on 6 and 16 along with smaller time losses on 7, 12, 23, 27 and 28. Haven't added it up yet, but easily over 5 minutes lost. The running felt good and although I got caught by JD, Oli & Ewan they didn't drop me immediately (like usual), but over 2-3 legs.
Felt a bit down afterwards since a top 10 result would have been possible with a bit more careful navigation.


The "Anthony Squire good luck charm" was in full effect at the weekend. Oli caught me and won! Might need to tweak the wording slightly so JD & Ewan don't sue me for catching me and not winning.

I've also been looking back at 2007's results:

WOC Selection Race Sprint - Not caught by anyone
WOC Selection Race Classic - Caught by JD (amongst others), who won
WOC Selection Race Middle - Caught by Jamie, who won
British Champs Long - Caught by Oli (amongst others), who won
British Champs Middle - Not caught by anyone
British Champs Sprint - Not caught by anyone
JK Long - Not caught by anyone
JK Middle - Not caught by anyone
JK Sprint - Not caught by anyone
Whitbarrow - Not caught by anyone

Friday Apr 18, 2008 #

Orienteering 40:11 [3] 3.95 mi (10:10 / mi)

Flew up to Inverness airport and within 30 minutes of landing I was orienteering in beautiful sand dune forest!

Went for a training run in Carse and re-ran two-thirds of last year's WOC selection races. Didn't really notice my knee and didn't feel too rusty after a week's rest.
Orienteering was a bit rubbish, but I wasn't very focused on that. Think my time was similar to my race last year - which shows what a rubbish run that was!

Wednesday Apr 16, 2008 #


Will leave knee to recover up to the British. Will take it for a test run on friday.

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