LOK ultrasprint and London City Race.

LOK ultrasprint consisted of 3 prologue courses of 1K and 25 controls including a maze, on a map of 1:1250. Very difficult to figure out quickly. Took me half of the first prologue to get used to how quickly the controls arrive. There were no control descriptions and no numbers on the map. There was a dot in the middle of the control circle indicating the location of the control. There were controls on different sides of trees and fences so care had to be taken. If you got the wrong control, then you were not disqualified but 30 seconds was added to your time for each one wrong. So quite a challenge.

Linda and her two daughters Carolyn and Jennifer ran as well as Keith and myself. Linda came 7th in the Womens Vets class. Keith was 24th, having had a few wrong controls getting used to the map scale. I managed to come first in the Womens Supervet class having no wrong controls. That meant is was in the head to head final of the top four. In the end there was only 3. The final was 1.5K with 30 controls including the maze. I finished in 9.05 but had one error, so was given the time of 9.35. Next competitor came in in 10.52, so I was pleased with that. Keith had an error free run in the mass final and came 3rd in the Mens Vets category. I got a packet of travel mints in a London Bus tin for winning!!

The following day was the London City Race based on Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. Probably not as intricate as some of the previous competitions, but still made you think. Quite a few went from GO. Results were mixed. The only podium place was Linda Pakuls who won third prize in the Womens Supervet category. Well done!! Marion came 20th in the same category. James had major brainstorms at 3 controls and came in 10th. Up against him was Keith. He was trying so hard he missed out a control and was disqualified. I, for a change, was not up against LInda, but was in the Womens Ultravet category which sounds ancient. Had a hesitant few controls in the middle and managed 4th. Could have done better although the sprinting from the day before was starting to take a toll on my leg muscles. Carolyn Pakuls came 9th in the Newcomers category.

A pint and something to eat was welcome after all that. A good day out.