Orienteering race 54:04  11.81 km (4:35 / km) +54m 4:29 / km
shoes: Nvii Terra+
Edinburgh City Race. Know I'm running better but a little test to see how I hold up orienteering early season. In general, a good performance but without the result I wanted (I've been runner up in this race too many times). Started well and pleased with how I committed well on the long route choices and seemed to make good decisions. At control 17 I was leading by about 1min. On approaching 18 I saw two controls very close together both on trees which I thought was strange but doubled checked my code to ensure I got the right one. The first control was actually just a kite but had a sign on it saying something like "do not run around West Powburn, this is private and residents have complained". I thought it was pretty strange there was no marshal but was confused if I should miss these controls or not as it looked official. I decided to go towards 19 and see if it was there which it was and continued to 20 going the road way. Coming out I saw Niamh with the kite on the phone obviously trying to solve the problem. I think this control then got moved and marshal put in place. I lost about 30secs through this section and was 2nd by 14, I was just unlucky with the timing but I should have just been aggressive and got on with it. Planned ahead well but stuck crossing the road with a stream of cars at 21. Missed the road turning down to 24 (10secs) being too smart thinking I knew where I was going. I was a bit slow to 26 planning ahead/changing descriptions when I should have ran really hard as had a long road crossing after where I had 90secs even if didn't have to wait. Good through the Pollock section. Appreciate the area limitations so was a decent course considering, although I do think some of the road crossings were a bit dodgy. Lots of positives to take including racing well during a big training week and happy to be comfortably ahead of all but one MV (22secs down).