The forth round of the Devon and Cornwall Night League 2012/13, found us at Davidstow Aerodrome, nr Camelford on a foul and unpleasant night. Planner for the night was Will Hancock and his duties with the Environment Agency meant a later start. I opted for the full running waterproof approach, not stay dry, that was going to be impossible but to stay warm. Motivation for the night was that to stand a chance of lifting the trophy I would need to be first Devon or Cornwall runner, and the added competition of running against former British Squad member Helen Winskill and current squad member Nick Barrable, how close could I get to the professionals?. We started at the old control tower, I found #1 spot on, rough barring out but difficult to hold any sort of line in the wind pushed east. At one point running through the puddles the splashes were being whipped up by the wind and smacking me in the face!! Took overly safe line to #5, before aiming off to #6. Running well so kept with the option of being safe with the nav, got confused with #9 didn't see the first set of bunkers on the map, but soon realised mistake. Used #17 as my attack point to #13 which worked well clean through to the finish and pretty happy with my run, 5.3km 37min, Helen had finished before me in 34min so very happy with my run. Just awaiting the full results now.
Took to the car to warm up before getting back out there to collect controls. Another great event on an interesting new area, in some challenging conditions. Now looking forward to the challenges 2013 bring, Happy Christmas.
27th Dec 2012 - Devon Orienteering Club Christmas Event - Killerton, Exeter
12th January 2013 - Devon Orienteering Club Night Event - Cann Woods, Plympton
20th January 2013 - Cornwall Orienteering Club - Lanhydrock, Bodmin
and dont forget the Southern Orienteering Champs at Penhale on the 14th April, the best orienteers on the best terrain in the south west.