The start was a kilometre up the road from the event centre, high on a spur allowing much of the first leg, at least, to be down hill. I got an early taste of the importance of route choice when, heading from 3 to 4 by skirting along the west of the rock formation containing both controls, I spotted Alan Janes attempting a risky, one might say foolhardy, descent of a five metre sheer cliff face. After a controlled fall down the last couple of metres he managed to stop himself rolling off the platform he had landed on down yet another cliff face. Successful, but not recommended.
My biggest navigational mistake came at the ninth control when I attempted a route that threaded through the rocks, keeping just to the west of the straight line path. It would have been much quicker to go just a little further westward and skirt the rock formation completely. This control is the one at the bottom of a seven metre high boulder that can be seen in the middle of many of the photos on Dwayne Smith's Picasa page (such as this one). However, I made an even bigger tactical mistake on the leg from 17 to 18. I was running in company with Pete Swanson at the time (this can be interpreted as Pete was running and I was trying desperately to keep up). Just before reaching the control circle, we rounded a boulder to find a control. Pete punched and as he ran on I exclaimed "that isn't our control". I wasn't to know at the time but I finished second to Pete (by a country mile, of course) and a mis-punch by him would have given me an Auckland Champs title.