It was a beautiful afternoon and we were rewarded with a large crowd, probably well over 300 in total. We got there early as I had to be home, fed, showered and out the door by 7:30pm and, even giving Jonty the four minutes he asked for, I was still away before 5:30pm. The first legs were fairly quick, running across paddocks with medium length grass and not too many rocks underfoot but with a number of fences and rock walls to cross en route. The first small climb was to Control 4 with a bit of searching around needed to find Control 5 but then the fast legs resumed. The first real physical challenge came with the hill from 7 up to 8; the legs to 9, 10 and 11 were then mainly sidling around the hill with just a short steep descent (and then ascent back up afterwards) down to 10.
While running from 16 to 17 I spotted Jonty off to my left having left control 19 at that point. I checked my watch and continued around the loop and arrived at the spot where I had seen him some five minutes and a few seconds later. Clearly he was ahead of me. I ran all the way up the hill to 20 and then 21 knowing that my only hope of beating him was if I ran all the way and he walked the last hill. I got into the finish to discover that I had beaten him by 23 seconds and that he had in fact walked up the last hill! As a result, I regain a slight lead in this year's Summer Series competition, beating him 2 -1 at this stage. An added bonus was the fact that I beat Allan Janes by nine seconds.