UK elite league middle - Results
I started at the same time as Paul which was exciting. My expectations were relatively low for my orienteering, but I still intended on going pretty hard and trying to keep the navigation in check / test myself.
So, pretty much ignored Paul successfully (we were going completely opposite directions), and hit number 1 reasonably well, with only some minor hesitation. Tried to keep the pace going to #2, ended up a bit banana-ing to the right, but not too bad. Took the ride along to 3, and mostly navigating reasonably well the next section and moving alright.
Had a small mistake on the short leg before the downhill, and then made a mistake on the downhill leg across the walls, just was a little left and had to go back up to the control. Mostly alright through the next loop but just some minor scrappy bits. A bit uncertain coming back to 11 before the 2nd loop and wound up a bit right but again saved it mostly. Think I saw Paul around here and reckoned I was ahead but mostly ignored it and focused on trying to be clean.
Start of loop 2 was fairly straightforward, I got a bit uncertain on 13 though, didn't really think I'd gone through the marsh but figured I must be low enough, I was just a bit right and had to come across. Fairly clean through the next section as well, picking features reasonably well. Happy enough coming up into the tricky light green section at the top, some hesitation on the way into 19, but got it well enough. Clean and confident on 20. Under-read the map a bit as I hadn't committed to straight vs. around for 20, in the end I went straight but didn't nail the exit out of 19 for it, ran alright through the forest on a bearing and didn't take too much in. Slowly picked up more features after crossing the track and figured myself out, was a bit left, but alright. Hard to decide if that was time lost or not as if it was, some of it was probably gained back in running quickly down through the forest.
Anyway, got the last 2 cleanly into the finish.
Mixed race. Think I was pretty happy in the finish, but in hindsight it looks like it adds up to quite a lot of 5-10sec issues. Probably about what should be expected off no orienteering, but confidence in the circle and a bit more detailed accuracy could definitely be worth a lot.
Overall I would say a fairly solid return to map-reading. Work needs to be done, but lots of time. Feeling relatively strong out there as well. Roughly 4'30 back on the front pack, and with a strong field that seems solid enough given I think there's plenty of room for more.
Lovely map and thoroughly enjoyed being out there racing.