After a leg across the car parking area to Control 1, which was ideal for getting in touch with the map, we were then faced with a number of longish legs across the wide open spaces of the inside of the racecourse - none of which particularly required us to be in touch with said map. The leg from 3 to 4 was fraught with danger as it runs alongside and then past the end of a golf driving range. Once that was successfully negotiated, Control 4 could be found on the access ramp down to the tunnel under the race track proper. Despite the "foot of wall" control description, some people still managed to search the top instead. Coming out of the tunnel, Control 5 could be found under a willow tree beside the pond. Mark managed to turn the wrong way out of the tunnel so lost some time here.
Then it was out onto the roads as we headed up towards Waiatarua. None of the controls at that end of the map were particularly difficult or provided complex route choice options but I still managed to stuff up Control 11 by crossing the causeway on the right hand route option and turning right instead of left at the end. Likewise, I turned too early for Control 12 and lost a bit of time there too. The most notable thing about the run around Waiatarua was the number of dogs. There appeared to be two or three dog training classes going on and dogs were everywhere.
Control 14 in the little reserve was on the wrong tree, being on the second rather than the third tree when approached from the west. This suited me as I had seen the amount of water in the green and had decided to return and circle the green strip to the west. Mark later reported that he went east and encountered no problems.
The next set of controls were in St Michaels Ave reserve. Control 16 lost me a bit of time as I followed James, who had steamed past me on the leg from 15, through the thicket and then turned left. Unfortunately the control was actually to the right and I had to encircle the whole thicket again before I found it. The leg from 18 back to the racecourse took us through Michael Park School and local knowledge came in useful here as I ran past a few people tentatively looking for the back entrance.
Back into the racecourse there were a number of controls on vegetation features to take us back along the southern side of the race track before a last small uphill into the finish.
It was a delight to see Mark from Melbourne at the finish. Over the last 15 years I've run over 100 Street O courses in Melbourne and so it is a pleasure to be able to return the hospitality occasionally. This event even generated a bit of discussion on the Melbourne Street O Wild Bunch Facebook page.