Although Sunday proved to be largely rain free, the previous day’s downpours had left Burley West pretty sodden. I found the M21L course pretty untechnical even by New Forest standards. There seemed to be a preponderance of long legs where straight (sticking to dry land where possible) was best and then ending at control sites near very obvious features.
I made one silly mistake on the way to 7 – assuming, based on size, that I was on the large north-south track whereas in fact I was on the small path that headed off west. On 10 I failed miserably on the “sticking to dry land where possible” part, getting literally bogged down. This did give Richard Robinson the chance to catch me and we spent most of the rest of the course in sight of one another. I got ahead on the way to 16 and managed to stay ahead until the finish.
If I hadn’t been dawdling quite so much in the first half I might not have lost the five minutes on Richard. The 12 minutes that Kristian Jones (fresh from his European Youth Orienteering Champs victory) finished ahead in the results was unobtainable though.