orienteering 1:17:03  9.9 km (7:47 / km)
JK Long Distance, Cold Ash.
Even more hot. I didn't run at Cold Ash in 2013 so this was new to me. I wasn't expecting much from the map but it was more pleasant than it looked, but without much technical interest. I spent a lot of time running on paths.
From about the first road crossing to the finish I was running with Alan Irving. We were very closely matched for speed, and despite taking some different routes always ended up back together. I just managed to get away from him in the last few controls but before that he was probably slightly stronger than me and got to most of the controls first.
I almost ran past #8, convinced it was going to be further along the hill and spotting the control behind me. I didn't see the other holes up there. #12 I went left because I didn't like the look of the urban section and the uncrossable fence/fenced enclosure. My time wasn't bad but it would have been better if I hadn't climbed out of the control and gone to the south of the triangular block of green. Alan did the urban route and we arrived at #12 together. Andy Thorpe passed us both on this leg.
#16 Alan and I again went our separate ways. He started left of the line, I started right and we came together again after 2/3 of the leg.
#23 I went through the strip of white to the south of the green, Alan went straight through. He probably got about 5 seconds on me.
#25 the veg boundary wasn't very clear and I didn't spot the control until almost past it, by which time Alan was already past. This is the first time I got in front of him since about #9 and I just held onto the lead to the finish.
19th place, 11 minutes down on James. A better run than yesterday but it was generally easier so I'm no higher up the results. 16th overall, I think.