Orienteering Race race 1:32:48  *** 16.0 km (5:48 / km) +600m 4:53 / km
spiked:24/29c shoes: VJ Bold 9
British Long Distance Champs - 2nd
I knew before hand that the only chance I had of WOC this year would be to win this, but realistically I thought I would be in around 4th-5th; I've never been really strong over this stuff.
Started well, and bar some hesitations and not very good lines intro the controls, I was moving well and pushing hard. Missed a bit on 5, being way too low and getting very confused but not as much as some, and then lost around 50s on 7, not being disciplined enough with my compass. Pushed on from here and was clean through the next couple, until I was descending down to 10, recognising it was a tough control but with no real plan. When I crossed the track above I knew where I was, but must have drifted way right and missed it. I did get very lucky here, and had Matt coming back to the control from that direction saving me a lot of time, but still lost a good chunk.
We settled into a good rhythm on the track going right to 12 and were pushing well from there through to 20. Up the hill here my feet really started to tear apart and were rubbed raw, so despite trying to push on I was struggling to get up on my toes on the hills as every time I did I was in agony (every time we went near a marsh I would make sure I went through them to get a bit of relief haha). We caught Rich on the leg over to 22, and managed to get away up the hill to 25. A stupid mistake on 26 running straight past the control despite looking at it proved costly in the end, but Matt kept me going well to the finish.
I had no idea about how we were going as I didn't have my watch, but as we didn't get caught from behind by Pete I assumed we were on for an ok time. To be called in in the lead was fantastic and to hold on for 2nd was far more than I expected from today. I'm very pleased to put a string of almosts and bad runs behind me and get a result on the board; things went my way today but I guess they have to in a long.