running 1:05:00 
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21
Had gone to bed at 9:30pm last night with the intention of getting 3 hrs' sleep before the 2am safety loop but that didn't really work out as I heard the 10pm patrol's vehicle leave and return a couple of hours later, also the generator failing and being restarted when the petrol ran out. Neither Geoff nor I wanted to crawl out of our warm tent at 0130 but at least the urn was hot this time and we could consume caffeine as we waited by the fire for our safety loop buddies who would be "riding shotgun" to arrrive. Attached the flashing orange lights to each car roof and headed out in convoy, as it was 5km (each time) from the campground at Bri Glen Springs to the crossroads, from where G was going to the 3 northern water drops and I was going to the 3 southern water drops.
At this point in time the car showed the outside temperature as being minus 4 degrees although the overnight forecast had *only* been for -1. The few teams we passed seemed surprisingly cheerful, but then at 3am we encountered a couple of girls walking along the road and one said she was worried about her teammate who was wearing a space blanket (utterly useless unless you actually curl right up and wrap yourself in it to reflect the heat back at yourself; as a poncho it does nothing with the cold air from the road coming up your legs anyway) and not saying much at all, so we let them sit in the nice warm car for a bit with the hypothermic girl on the heated seat, but she still wasn't very interactive apart from saying that she didn't want to lose all their points, so we drove with them in the car to the water drop (practically none had been used, and in fact with the whole event being so cold I reckon less than 20% of the 2000L we had put out on course was drunk) then back to the place where we had picked them up, offering to let them walk to the HH from there if they wanted to still remain official in the results. Once they realised that this would be a 10km trek, they reluctantly decided to stay in the warmth and come back to the HH with us - turned out this was only their second rogaine, the first being 6hrs at Belanglo earlier in the month.
So, kiddies, that's why you do have a safety patrol in the middle of the night...did hear of a few other people who were borderline hypothermic by the time they got back to the HH - a lot of teams came in for food at least, because the course configuration lent itself to doing so - but they were all able to warm up by the campfire. Spoke to Toby & Max who hadn't been in for long and they said that Jack had really been struggling with the cold but thought he'd warm up ok in his swag, and that Jo & Abi had been a bit underprepared for the distance and conditions, but that they would all be heading out again after breakfast as a team of 5. I realised that it was now 5am and I should go to bed myself!
Possibly got a couple of hours' sleep; certainly it was broad daylight when I woke up, but still quite cold and I was surprised to find that my water bottle had frozen in the vestibule of the tent (last time that happened was at Carrieton in 2006 when it was -7). Consumed a cheese toastie and decided to go out with Ben Caz when he went to check out control 56, 1km east of the HH, which he & Simon G had skipped in their haste not to be late for winning the 8hr last night. So we ran over to that control together and then I headed south across the creek and up to 95 on the bare rocky knoll, one of the few which I'd never actually been to myself during the setting process. Even at 10am there was still frost on the ground in the shade in some places, and I received a text message from the meteorologist whom we'd sacrificed to the COVID-gods in return for brilliant daytime sunshine, to the effect that Yunta had recorded -4.8 overnight. Came back to the HH via completely ballsing up a 20 pointer in the mallee, which is how I realised just how tired I actually was :(
Packed up my tent before presentations, hopefully managed not to mispronounce anyone's names while reading out results, chatted a bit more to landowners who have become our friends, and by the time Mark & I went out to collect a loop of 5 controls it was already 3pm so we hustled to get them done before dark - he said that I was going at proper rogaine pace this time (all our control-hanging had been fairly casual). Already very dark by the time the controls had been dropped back to the HH and I just had to leave control-sorting to the others and drive at snail's pace to Peterborough while I was still awake - don't think I've ever driven so tired before.