Orienteering race 59:23  *** 6.07 km (9:47 / km) +170m 8:35 / km
spiked:6/8c shoes: VJ Integrators
Callophyla H3 Course.
Tossed up between H2 or H3 and decided since the weather was pretty crappy with lots of rain around, 50mm overnight at Bickley, that the H3 was a better option.
The area was at the southern end of the map so a fair bit of dead running to get to the detail on the north side of the Green Hill. Hit the rock surfaces before #1 fine and then to #2 across and down through the creek past a few bigger rocks and contour to the control. Longish leg to #3 but the rain had made it too hard to see through my glasses so opted to take them off and run blind! Took the straight line, picking off the features along the way, the ridge line might have been better but I was not confident of picking the details without my glasses. The control was on the edge of the map so was careful at the end to spot the attackpoint of the rock surface and dropped onto the control. #4 was easy enough just had to keep going with the creek to the right, seemed a long way so hesitated a bit before the control as I did not want to overrun it.
#5 was a water drop on boulder field, which was much more extensive than the single triangle on the map, saw a couple of other people there so whilst I was a bit off line did not lose much time. Ran out of #5 a bit off line, sort of went the way Tony Whittaker was going which was a different course! #6 was back across the ridge, kept too high after crossing the ridge and saw a control from H4 and was distracted, but worked out quick enough that I was high so dropped down and picked out the rock surfaces and into the control. Slog back up and over the hill to #7, went a bit wide to the north to cut a few contours and miss some of the green. Saw the knoll and then went to the wrong rock before the control.
Nice to be back for a run in the bush and the worst of the rain held off, but not much of a picnic day. Pipped by Anthea by 3 minutes for 2nd place.