June seems to have been a month for urban events. Poole Town race was held on 1st June and was attended by Keith, James and Marion. Marion won her first O race and Keith came 3rd in the Mens Supervet race. James had a brain storm in the maze at the end and forgot the last control.
Next weekend was a visit to Poundbury on the west side of Dorchester. A lovely sunny day, but a cold wind. James, Keith and I attended. The journey down was awful, taking us 3 hours to get to the event due to various accidents. It felt as though everyone saw the sun and went to the seaside. Keith did well again. He was the only one to find all the controls. James got the wrong control 16 and I missed one out all together despite having been convinced I had done it. I had planned it in my head, but for some reason started to go to the following control. My Garmin trace told me what I had done. This is beginning to become a habit.
The following weekend was Salford Urban and Horwich Sprints. Keith was meant to go, but had a coming together with a van on his way over to Farnborough, and couldn’t make it. The timings made it all too difficult. So James and I went. He had a linear course starting in Manchester, whilst I had a course around Salford Quays. He had to catch a tram to his start whilst my start was close to the BBC buildings. He won his course and I came 2nd in mine. Both of us managed to get all the controls this time. Horwich the next day was two sprints both of which counted. The earlier sprint was around a country park. I have great difficulty with a 1:4000 map pf a forest as my brain assumes it is 1:10,000. So I overshot control 2 badly. Probably lost 5 minutes. The rest was ok, and I was surprised to be only 1 minute down on the leader. James won his course. The final sprint was part of a day of races held around Horwich centre. They were mass starts – 3 of them. O managed to win my course and was fast enough to win the overall sprint in the Womens Supervet. James also won the Mens Supervet class. A successful weekend at last.
James has had more success this weekend. He is up north doing the Halifax Urban and the northern championships. He won the Mens Supervets race in Halifax. Results not yet up for the Sunday race.
Two intrepid teams made it to the SE Relays at Brasted Chart, a wood with a lot of vegetation. Keith, myself and Marion were one team and the Conway family of Adam, Phil and Keiko were the other. Keith did well, and so did Adam, both coming back in third position. Marion had problems and I didn’t run that well. Keiko found it hard work but Phil managed to get round in a reasonable time. Neither team were anywhere near the podium!
One last event next weekend at the Harvester. Good luck in that event. Enjoy your summer, There are less and less events now. It is the countdown to the summer events.