rogaining (Worth The Waite twilight) 3:58:00  29.0 km (8:12 / km) +700m 7:19 / km
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21
4hr suburban rogaine, starting at Waite campus, which was in the very NE corner of the map. The course therefore encompassed the hills face zone stretching in a southwesterly direction; walking tracks up behind Waite, Brown Hill itself, Brownhill Creek, Randells Reserve, Sleeps Hill quarries, and even Shepherds Hill, from which it would be at least 10km actual shortest distance back to the HH. So we fairly quickly ruled out Brownhill Creek/Pony Ridge and going to the SW-most control along the creek in Sheps (in the end only 2 teams made it there, and they were late back), but thought we might still be able to get the ones at the downhill end of Gloucester Ave depending on time after the 2hr mark.
Started UP behind Waite - gosh that's a steep gully - in the hot sun with umpteen other teams and I was behind Zara from the beginning, just like in the last couple of events (mum suggested that I'm getting older and Z is getting younger). Lovely views to the south over Belair when running along the ridgeline to the now-imaginary trig point for 90 points, and likewise NW towards the city (when I wasn't watching my feet) as we headed down the hill towards some 70s (and a shortcut out the still-open gate of Carrick Hill reserve). A few controls along the creek and trainline through Mitcham, then UP Randells Reserve where there are new MTB trails & switchbacks. Drink from tap at the BP at Belair, then it was down Gloucester Ave and I suggested to Z that we were better off not going into the top of Sheps but shortcutting down through Sleeps Hill in order to maximise time in the flat suburbs where there were some reasonable points on the way back. Was a bit surprised to see some other teams which still seemed to be heading further south, when we got to the bottom of Sleeps Hill.
Unfortunately the long descent of the Lynton Connector bike path did bad things to my knees - in particular, the right ITB/quad developed the same problem as last Monday in NSW, and kept losing power. I kept trying to change cadence, walk it out, stop & stretch, but often lagged a long way behind Z :( At least I knew where all the train line crossings were, from running through these suburbs so often! Did think that the course setters could have marked them on the map...they couldn't have known though that the footbridge behind Mitcham Library is under repair and so we had to go all the way around the block there for only 20 points.
Did a thorough job of getting everything on offer in the suburbs west of the HH, including the two within the grounds of Waite as it was getting dark, and finished with just over a minute to spare - I was glad it was no less than that, because I surely didn't have a finish sprint in me. Plenty of watermelon & pizza on offer afterwards, and a nice surprise when the results were read out because somehow we were 2nd, by only 20 points.
Seems a few other fancied teams were over-ambitious and had to cut their plan short +/- got back late...while I was disappointed in my fitness, certainly couldn't fault our planning :)