The race began in a small forested area. The pines are still fairly young and so visibility is limited but runability is excellent with no undergrowth at all. After the difficulty of running yesterday, this was a real joy. The joy didn't last long, however, as we left the pines and entered the paddocks. You'll notice from the map that there are alternating bands of lighter and darker orange. The dark orange paddocks had stock in them, were short cropped and very fast. The lighter orange was overgrown tussock on sand and was almost impossible to run on. Good route choice minimised the amount of time spent in these paddocks. The day was fine and hot, with just the hint of a breeze coming in off the Tasman Sea and the views in both directions were superb. In what was a first for me, the Sportident box for control 7 was missing and I had to clip one of the Reserve boxes on the map. Quite where the box had gone remains a bit of a mystery, it was there for the first few starters, Dwayne Smith reported searching for it without success for 20 seconds or so, but someone must have found it because it reappeared for the last few starters.
Split times can be seen and compared at Winsplits.
This map hadn't been uploaded to Route Gadget at the time of writing; I'll keep an eye on it and update here if it ever appears.
Dwayne Smith's Picasa page has a number of photos showing the forest area.