When all the kids were well gone and Ken was packing up the start it was time for me to head out on the Senior Boys course in pursuit of Jonty's time. Again, he refused to give me any hint of whether that was a good time or not. I had an incentive to get a good start as Allan was going to start as soon as I was out of sight and would be chasing me all the way. Control 2 created the first challenge on the course as it was important to read the uncrossable fences correctly. This had been control 1 on at least one of the other courses so I had already explained it to several dozen kids and I was pleased to see it was located just as I had indicated it would be; the knoll being, if anything, even smaller than the "small mound" I'd described.
After a loop of the Kelston Boys buildings it was across the road and into the more technical buildings of the other two schools. The first control in this area, control 6, was causing some kids a few problems as they failed to read the map correctly and tried to turn sharp right as soon as they entered the school. There were two loops in here, the use of a pivot control at 8 and 13 making sure that the map didn't look too cluttered. The route to Control 9 was easier to read after the race from a stationary position; at speed from 8 it was difficult to see the location of the fences and I momentarily went the wrong way.
Back into Kelston Boys it was a long, long run around and across the playing fields. These legs were in full view of the crowd at the finish so any temptation to slow down or walk needed to be resisted. A short loop back in the buildings and I was at the finish, confident that I had run a good fast race and probably beaten Jonty. But it was not to be. Although my time at 17 minutes 40 was 20 seconds faster than Allan it was nine seconds slower than Jonty who had now beaten me two days in a row and taken the lead in our 2012 contest for the first time, 7-6.
In the official rankings, Jonty's time was good enough for fourth place in Senior Boys this week but he was sorry to see that he would have been third if he could have developed a faster finish sprint. Results in other grades that readers of this blog are likely to be interested in include Alice winning Intermediate Girls by a country mile ahead of Alyssa in second, Caden winning Junior Boys with Fergus fourth and two other GBHS placings in the top ten and Alex doing one better than last week by winning Year 7/8 Boys.