Orienteering race 1:28:02  12.1 km (7:17 / km) +185m 6:46 / km
Brown at Triple Gloster classic race.
Very sloppy at times,
Confused at the start - wasn't sure whether I had passed the start kite. Then really poor lack of plan - run and hope I would pick things up. Drifted slightly right, fortunately picked up small marsh with control on it and realised I was on wrong side of veg boundary. 1:23 lost according to splits browser. Saw Clem as I was exitting - knew he was starting not far after me , so that spurred me on a bit.
Suddenly lost confidence on where I was on long leg to 3 - confused a bit by veg - mistook some light green for semi open, and lost track of which forest track I was on, so ended up not quite on the route I had wanted, but corrected easily enough and you can't see mistake in the split.
got into a bit of a race with an RAF guy for a couple of controls, extra pace but missed 7 by about a minute which cancelled things out.
Banana on 13 and crossed at wrong crossing point, caught by proximity of forest track.
Another miss on 17 - poor plan - thought I would see the small clearing and didn't notice distinctive trees on the map ( or the ground - tho I wasn't looking for them) had to check position by going towards track to east and obvious veg change . Another minute
And compass to 18 not good enough - 25s .
took on the rough open with a failry direct route to 20, which in retrospect was a poor choice. But pleased I was strong enough to keep running through it.
in fact in general, pretty pleased with how I was running. Beat some guys I haven't beaten for a while , so encouraging, But navigation needs to be much more disciplined in that type of area - less run on needle and hope needed.