Orienteering warm up/down 15:00  1.0 km (15:00 / km) shoes: Innov-8 X-Talon 212
Belinda and I starting 8mins apart made warm up a bit chaotic but fortunately Pippa on hand to take charge of the little people.
Orienteering race 1:05:22 7.83 km (8:21 / km) +200m7:24 / km ahr:166 max:175 shoes: Innov-8 X-Talon 212
Day 1 Easter. Plan was to focus on exits, reading into the flag and up and over spur/hill legs late in the course when I was tiring. Started well nailing difficult first leg across vague spur to cliff line. Got into exit directions and reading detail well and was running well although in hindsight lost a minute or two not going straight enough on longish leg to 2. But cant really be critical when Jock chose straighter because, after course setting the world masters here, he "remembered that the gap between cliffs straight was a good one". Caught and passed Scotty Simson about 2/3 way round although lost a bit of concentration and dropped 30s for him to catch me up. Unfortunately though was starting to wind it up too much and got off line on an up and over the spur leg late in the course (hello? what was one of my goals today?). Came down into a shallow gully, with a flag in it just as I wanted but wrong control. Really thrown as mentally had decided that was it. After some minor level panic worked it out and along the spur line to the correct shallow gully - just as scotty simson arrived. Lost 1min30s. After that it was out into semi farmland for last 15% of course and ran hard to finish well.
Result was equal 4th - with Hoggster! Jonno won 2.5min ahead of me, then Greg Barbour and Jock. Pleased that my form was good enough to be in amongst it and of course tying with Hoggster made for plenty of camp site jibes!