I took the opportunity to explore a few "interesting" route choices. The first occured ahen leaving control 2. Despite the fact that I knew that the terrain to the east of the control was 95% swamp, I saw what looked like a doable route in that direction and plunged in. Of course, it petered out after a few metres and I ended up losing a couple of minutes as I circled around looking for a dry way out of the area. Still, I got to see a bit of the map I had never personally encountered previously. My second deviation from the ideal route choice occured on the leg from 4 to 5 (by the way, I wonder how many people mis-punched 4 by accident, there were two controls in close proximity, one on either side of the stream, both with the description "Stream Junction"). For this leg there was an obvious route choice of following the road to the north or the road to the south of the straight line route. I chose to go south but then cut north through St Dominics School, simply because I had never done that before and I wanted to see what it looked like. It worked but I won't try to claim it was an efficient route choice. Other interesting legs included 5 to 6 where the stream to the west of the control was impassable to anyone, such as myself, who wanted to keep dry feet - except for a very small area immediately underneath the control; and 9 to 10 where I knew from previous experience that the straight line route was probably crashable. I chose to take the track instead but Jonty went straight and reported that there was an elephant track down the ridge that gave easy travel although he gave up any advantage by not knowing where he was when he came out on the track below and wasted some time going the wrong way. This whole park is mapped as dark green but is actually a mixture of runability. It probably isn't worth remapping it as it would take to much effort for the amount of use it gets (usually only once a year) and the runnability varies greatly from the start of the Summer Series to the end.
I'd started eight minutes after Jonty and finally caught up with him while running up the road to control 23 (he was walking). He claimed that he was absolutely exhausted but the prospect of getting overtaken by his Dad seemed to give him his second wind and he ran away from me over the last two legs although he couldn't make up eight minutes, of course.