Orienteering race (Regionale 4) 51:10  **** 5.8 km (8:49 / km)
spiked:8/11c shoes: Inov 8 O shoes
Regionale 4. Decided to do the shorter Violet Court course as I didn't fancy spening 80 minutes scrambling over rocks in Fontainebleau. This is one of the harder maps in the area a nice forest when it is open, but with large areas of tumbled rocks, lots of bracken, and a map that is difficult to read even at 1:10,000. I also wanted to have an orienteering race where I wasn't reduced to jelly by the end of it!
Started out okay with a long track run to get close to #1, most of which was on a very sandy track and then up a steepish hill, so that got the blood pumping. Cut across a couple of forest compartments on the way to #2, declining to take the longer track option. Started on a short cut through the third compartment and promptly got enmeshed in head-high bracken and lots of fallen logs, making it very slow going - should have gone around this one! Popped out on to the track and had another steep run up a hill to get close to the control. Slight wobble in the circle cost about 30-40 secs, but feeling pretty good.
Into a very technical and rocky part of the map for the next 6 controls. Hit #3 and #4 very nicely, although moving a bit slowly through the rocks. Messed up #5 by not really having a proper plan - overshot the control but have some excuse as I had looked down from the cliff top on the way past it and the control was well tucked under the cliff so I didn't see it. I also completely missed a small walking track that was my planned catching feature just past the control. Anyway, relocated quite a way past the control and worked my way back to the over-hanging cliff and hidden control. Dropped 3-4 minutes there. Quite pleased with #6-8 as I read the map straight into the controls. A long track run to #9 after deciding to not risk a cross-country route through the bracken. Started to get quite tired stumbling over the rocks getting into #9 and then had a slight miss into #10. Got caught up in bracken again heading downhill into the last control and dropped a few more seconds there.
Good run overall with one major miss. Tired towards the end, but ran the whole way so must be getting fitter. Definitely need hill work! Was glad I ran the shorter course today ....