The first few legs took us up and over the Museum tuff cone with the first real route choice coming up on the leg from 3 to 4. Here the temptation was to run the bush tracks as this was the only leg that would take us into this area but I chose to run the road instead. From there we faced the first of two climbs from the bottom of the Domain at Stanley St up to the top on Carlton Gore Rd. Both saw elevation gains of 60m. Starting early meant that my run over the cricket fields to Control 6 was much easier than it would have been for later starters as only one and a half games had commenced at that stage. Threading my way through from 16 to 17 later would be much more difficult.
Having taken us up to the heights of the Domain, the next couple of legs plunged us straight back down into the bush at the lower end. The controls were easy to find although Jonty, who also had Control 10 on his course, managed to confuse himself by reading the hill as a depression. The second long leg back up the hill to Control 14 saw me running too far to the left of the straight line route and being penalised with extra distance and climb as a result.
After a brief encounter with the lower slopes of the central scoria cone and the problem of route choice through the cricket matches mentioned earlier, the course eventually came to what was undoubtably the control of the day. Control 18 was distinctly described as "inside" the wall corner but that didn't stop me and everyone else I could see looking for it on the wrong side of the wall, only a metre or two from the control site but three metres of elevation and 100m of running away. A final short loop around the duck pond and the race was over.
I finished a very respectable middle of the field with a sub 55 minute time. This had been the eleventh day out of the last twelve that I had been running. I'm looking forward to a couple of days off.