orienteering 1:25:44  8.9 km (9:38 / km) +380m 7:56 / km
Cumbrian Galoppen, Black Beck and Dockney Parrock. It was very physical, with plenty of climb, bogs, fallen trees, very wet and slippery underfoot. A few small mistakes, and after I went waist deep in a marsh between 7 and 8 I could not longer read the detail on the map - the colours all become dulled. It looks fine again now it has dried out. Also struggled to identify crossing points on the map, the overprint seemed a bit unhelpful in places.
#2 description said spur top, so I stood on top of the spur but couldn't see a control. Looked at my map for a few seconds, walked forward a few paces and there it was, hidden below a little drop in the spur. 15 seconds.
#7 unable to identify the difference between wall and path, followed the wall for a bit before veering back towards the path. 15 seconds.
#8 tried to go too straight across the marsh. Got wet.
#9 tried to cut the corner too much and then had to go round the marsh which was actually a pond. 20 seconds.
#10 not sure about my route, I was tempted by a bit of road running.
#11 paths were very vague here and there were more on the ground than on the map. I took a detour before the wall crossing but got back on line without (much) time lost
#13 came round too low down the slope, had to climb up to it from the south, 15 seconds
#14 I was dead on line, I could see where the crag was but got distracted by the control on the boulder which looked like it might be a crag from where I was. Checked the code then turned round and went straight back to the crag. 30 seconds.
#16 I was aiming for somewhere higher up the slope before working it out and ended up coming downhill into the re-entrant. 20 seconds.
#23 and #26, slow going uphill. Winsplits claims I made mistakes here, but I was just slow.
I caught Niamh Hunter at #7, then she ran away from me and took a completely different route to #10, but I caught her again at #11 and got 20 seconds or so when she lost more time than me at #14. After the drag through the fields to #15 she was back in front again, then she left #15 in the wrong direction and I never saw her again. Looking at splitsbrowser I guess she might have been able to see me in a few places but not close enough to catch me, and at the finish I had 2 minutes on her.
Didn't see anybody else.
19 minutes down on Matt Elkington. 2nd old man behind Stevie B who did 78.