Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships 2014
My 1st visit to NIOC since the SHI in 2009, 5 years is a while. But then again 84 days since my last orienteering event is also a while.
From having seen the map I knew it was going to be a running type of course. Typical Irish orienteering, path-control-path, and repeat times 26!
Was a bit hestitant towards 2 as I was trying to work out the 2 roads.
Overshot the path in to 5 by a second or two.
Had some time early on to look at 6, and decided to use the road to the right in order to avoid the contours going past 21. Fastest but not sure if 2nd fastest took this route.
Got a bit stuck heading in to 8.
Then heading towards 10 I spotted a GMOK top on the track and caught them at 10. Didn't know Hellsac had started in front of me, otherwise i'd have been gunning for him sooner.
Out to the track and back in for 11. Didn't find the ride from 11 to the open, then got stuck in shit. Eventually got out. Then got stuck on the fence trying to cross into 12. Not a good leg. 40 seconds lost to Conor.
But got that time back on the next leg as Conor went around but I went over.
Cut through the light green to get across towards 14. Picked up Mark around here, not sure how long he hung on for as I wasn't looking behind. Didn't plan ahead too much with the company.
Heading into 17 slightly too early. Took a gel before this for the laugh.
Overshot 22 but used the drain as a catching feature.
Back up the hill to 23, slightly left of it but used Hellsac.
Then down the hill and some hard running to the finish. Put the head down for this and tried to use whatever energy was left. Kevin was running strongly here.
Happy to take the win.
Now what to do with the bottle of beer prize???
Battle for the remaining podium places was funny based on Hellsac taking the ride off me :-)
Not the most pleasant of areas, printers would have run out of green after doing those maps.