Today we went orienteering on Saturday for a change! SOC was re-running the colour coded courses from last year’s event at Burley West but in reverse (a good way to use up spare maps). Having previously done the long-O the blue course was new to me whichever way you looked at it.
Christine went out first so I wandered around with Emma in the backpack, sheltering from the occasional passing shower. Unfortunately, having handed her over to Christine I could only hear crying as I ran off to the start. Had a reasonable run which is a good start to the year. No major blunders but on several occasions I ended up ten metres or so adrift in the circle – mainly due to over-reliance on my compass on long legs. It felt like I was out for an age but in reality I was back in just over 55 minutes. On a bad note, my ankle has been playing up again at the last couple of events to the extent where it is impacting on my confidence in running through the terrain and, in particularly, brashings, of which there were plenty on Sunday.
Our quick getaway (Christine and Emma had been sat in a freezing car whilst I was out) failed to materialise when we couldn’t find the car key. I had seen it fall on the leaf strewn forest floor when packing up Emma’s stuff but couldn’t remember what had happened next. Whilst we turned the car upside-down and rooted around in the undergrowth Emma managed to fall asleep in her car seat. Eventually it dawned on us that the only place we hadn’t looked was actually in the car seat! Emma was so soundly asleep that I managed to retrieve it from under her without waking her up.