The first leg was nice and flat over the playing fields before the second leg took us straight up the Bullock Track. My legs felt good and I was beginning to regret choosing the shorter Course 2 as I powered along the road and then down the track to Control 3. This was the only control on the hillside above the Zoo, an area that usually causes problems (see my description of this at the December event on the link above). I'm not sure whether the area is badly mapped or just too overgrown and gnarly for a decent Summer Series event. Anyway, it was not destined to bother us tonight.
As I came across the bridge from the hillside area and headed in towards Control 4 I could see Dwayne heading out, I caught up with him at Control 7 and got ahead across the playing fields on the way to Control 9. We both went via the bridge, we've learnt the hard way that you shouldn't get tempted to cross the stream anywhere else. There has been a bit of work done in Western Springs College since it was last mapped and things looked different on the ground but I don't think that had anything to do with my stuffing up Control 9 - I managed to run one building too far into the school before turning right and then ran too far before realising that something was badly wrong and perhaps I should rethink my location.
Dwayne got ahead of me thanks to my mistake but I was confident I would pick him up again quickly. Controls 10 and 11 came and went and then I saw him across the playing fields. By now my legs were completely dead and I was extremely thankful I had chosen Course 2 and not the longer Course 1. Dwayne stuffed up Control 12, heading off the track early and having to circle around. We ended up reaching the control together and trotted off back towards Western Springs. He slowly pulled away from me over the next few controls as I went slower and slower.
I was virtually walking by the time I got to the finish but, despite that, I still managed the fifth best time on the course. No competition with Jonty, of course, as we were running different courses, but looking at his time, I doubt that I would have got anywhere near it.