orienteering 1:15:03  6.8 mi (11:02 / mi) +435m 9:12 / mi
Northern Champs, Wass, M50L
Very physical course with lots of climb. I coped fairly well with the physical stuff but lost time on the climbs. Also a bit of time lost with mistakes.
#3 didn't find the elephant track going up from the road at first so I got in some brambles, then climbed a bit too high and reached the rocks above and a little short of the control. Easy to relocate but a bit careless. 1 minute lost. I should have come down from the ride above but didn't see it on the map. I did see it at the junction but had made my mind up by then.
#8 the contours didn't seem quite right below the control, the re-entrant coming up from below brought me out too far to the right which caused me to ponder for a few moments. Then I looked behind a different plausible boulder before finding the right one, trying to find the mapped boulder in the middle of a mapped boulder field. 30 seconds lost.
#13 coming downhill through green I was fairly sure I was left of the line, but when I came out into the open forest I couldn't make any of the contour shapes fit so I turned left instead of right, turned back round when I saw the boulder with a control on it. Had I come out of the green just a few yards to the right I would have been able to see the control. 1 minute lost.
Enjoyed it, apart from maybe the last loop which seemed to be gratuitous climb without any real orienteering interest.
1. Charlie 62
2. Duncan Harris 66 (he started 4 mins before Charlie)
3. Martin 67
4. Ben S 69
5. Nigel B 72
6. Parkino 73
7. Me 75