rogaining race (Superb Sturt in Spring) 3:55:18  24.0 km (9:48 / km) +910m 8:15 / km
shoes: Asics Kayano 24
Sturt Gorge revisited, a lot greener now and with more water flowing than back in March which was the last event pre-COVID (not that we are yet post-COVID, but at least things *seem* normal around here) and starting from the south side, in Flagstaff Hill.
Fern & I looked at the map and decided to minimise crossings of the gorge, but we did want to see the flood control dam just north of the HH, so headed there early on then south through the suburbs to the substation across Blacks Rd, then north down the western valley which parallels Flagstaff Rd, and into the gorge, picking up a nice string of controls and accepting a couple of jelly snakes from a middle aged couple (it's ok, they weren't strangers, they were rogainers) then crossing the Sturt River on the concrete blocks at the westernmost end of the map and promptly seeing a real snake before we slogged it up the hill to Bellevue Heights and a couple of controls whose locations I had indeed run straight past last night but the plates weren't out then.
From the Bellevue Heights ridgeline we dropped down into Magpie Gully and got to the control on the cascades pretty much at the 2hr mark, then took a couple of minutes to discuss our options and decided to get the rest of the controls on either side of Magpie Gully which meant a bit of down & up. We skirted the edge of Craigburn Farm/Blackwood Park and got to the 90-pointer near the Coromandel Pde bridge over Sturt River with 50 min left and still not having waded through any creeks. Possibly we should have stuck to the river valley for an 80 and a 60, but instead went up & over a couple of spurs in the suburbs for a 60 and 50, with myself lagging behind on hills as I had done from the beginning. I did manage to talk Fern into an extra 20 points right at the end which I feel counteracted the dodgy route choice I'd done right at the start (but so had Zara & Bryn, and they ended up only 30 points ahead of us; the most I feel we could have got extra was maaaybe another 20 points with the nearly 5 min we had to spare) and also which ensured us first women's. Not complaining about 6th overall, either!