The leg from 3 to 4 was into the wind and seemed longer than it actually was but then we were sheltered by the surrounding houses as I ran back past Control 1 on my way to Control 5. From 5 to 6 seemed simple enough but we had been warned that the bridge was closed but passable at our own risk. Sure enough, there were barriers over each end of the bridge path and a sign announcing that it had been closed (the previous day!) for repairs and would re-open some time next February. I vaulted the barrier and enroute across the bridge admired the one rotting plank that would take two months to replace. Not everyone was confident enough to ignore the warning signs and some chose the long run around the lagoon instead.
Back safely on terra firma on the other side, the leg from Control 6 to Control 7 would cause me problems. I kept glancing up driveways but never spotted the one that was actually a public accessway to the church. As soon as I knew I had missed it I should have retraced my steps - as Dwayne did - until I either found it or reached the southern road but I stubbornly ran on and used the northern road adding far too much distance to my run.
The next leg of interest was that from 9 to 10 where by going straight using the road and alleyway I managed to catch and pass some runners who had been just ahead of me for some time but chose to run round in the park all the way. They caught me up again in the school as we discovered that first the southern accessway had a locked gate and then that the southern part of the western boundary of the school was also gated. We also discovered a working water fountain which was a welcome relief. The northern part of the western boundary was open and we were on our way again.
Coming into Control 11 I was caught and passed by Toby and he sprinted off and was well out of sight by the time I had descended down to the basin path to head along to Control 12. However, he was well in sight again by the time I reached the control as he had managed to run right past it and was now returning. I tucked in behind him for the leg to Control 13. He appeared to be doing some sort of interval training that involved running every second leg at full pace and jogging the alternate ones. This was a jogging leg for him and his jogging pace was only a little faster than my flat out one. He slowly pulled away from me and disappeared as soon as he had punched Control 13 and was off on another full pace leg.
From 13 to 14 I chose to stay on the basin path rather than take the shorter road option simply because it was more scenic. A brief detour uphill to collect Control 14 and then it was back to the lagoon for what I assumed would be a simple run back round to the finish. Of course that meant that I immediately overran Control 15 which wasn't at sea level but was rather up a steep grass bank. I returned and punched it and then easily collected 16 before running into the finish. It had been a delightful 50 minute run.