Orienteering race 1:19:46  ***** 7.0 km (11:24 / km) +270m 9:33 / km
BOC2018 - Balmoral - M60 - 12th.
My best placing ever at the British Champs.
Preparation good in 4 good nights sleep of previous 5. Journey up on Friday and chill in Banchory at Gordon Arms Hotel worked.
Short warm-up as concerned how legs would cope with 7km.
Longest leg was to #1 - ignored the path route away from red line and took on the climb. Passed #4 hoping I would find it at 2nd attempt. Continued on through terrain and nailed re-entrant. Turn and followed marshes and then spur uphill to find boulder at #2. Decided to try and keep close to red line on long leg to #3 and took in climb up slope. Managed to recognise controls on crag and boulder on map as I climbed slope, and then bearing to 3 boulders and adjust bearing downhill to find boulder & crag below. 3 spikes !
Planned to descend between two huge crags and then contour below second. Found veg boundary, could see boulder field below and pair of boulders above so knew I was online. Found top of spur and dropped into rocky spur. Please to find #4 again.
Headed almost due north down spur, crossed two paths, found x-point and used path to bypass hill and spike control. 3rd fastest split as people struggled to find crossing point. #6 due east was simple, across river and up onto next hill. Boulder easy in reentrant at #7.
Planned to run over tops but legs tired already so contoured around to path and struggled uphill until close to crag. Uphill again towards #9 and right achilles began to play up. Nailed control in reentrant on farside of hill and planned to contour towards #10. Unintentionally dropped onto path and used it to reach cairn and then over small hill into crag.
Nailed short downhill to #11 and decided there was enough detail to go direct to #12. Vegetation changed at the end of the leg without being indicated on the map. Although hesitated recognised the gentle spur and found control. Now with another runner towards #13. Rushed the direction, plan a bit poor and missed the control at the end.
30 secs error, 30 secs recovery.
Caught by two other and followed them back onto track. Decided to go left of line so cut off track towards broad reentrant. Bit surprided by just how bouldery and difficult the climb was to find path, and real struggle to get going to run over hill and bear off to find marsh. But managed to reach control before two competitors I had dropped at #11 but had caught and passed me at #13.
Shot down hill across path, through green and contoured below spur to find my reentrant - spiked another. Struggled downhill over bouldery slope and drifted slightly west of north. Saw a control on a path and ran to it. Realised it was on a bend but couldn't make it fit shape on map. Few steps away and then realised it was different path, so about turn and hare across to control at #16.
30 secs error 30 secs recovery.
Tore down to #17 and finish.
Very happy with preformance considering average fitness level.