Orienteering race 35:41  5.07 km (7:02 / km) +50m 6:42 / km
British Middle champs. Stock Hill .
Pretty happy with my performance. A bit hesitant on some of the shorter legs perhaps - I thought the new map was excellent. Clear, and easy to read - the decision to use 5m contours I think was a really good call and helped in that regard. I thought better, easier to use than the 1980s Harveys interpretation with 2.5 m. The one thing I had difficulty with was the north lines - or rather their absence for some significant parts of the map - perhaps emphasised by the 1:7,500 and ISOM compliant 300m gap. Of course, if they had been drawn everywhere, that would have obscured some of the detail - can't have it all ! Anyway, I think some of my hesitation on shorter legs - e.g. 2,3, 6 - , was difficulty I had quickly fixing an accurate bearing. I should have adapted / been flexible and used undergrowth lines rather than worrying where North lines were. Rougher bearings were OK - orientation of control nos, ok to give me a north fix.
Now there is a decent map again, looking forward to running here again - esp in winter when undergrowth down.