A very stiff wind blowing across Sutton Park, just north of Birmingham, meant the club tent couldn’t go up so the national inter clubs qualification races were not quite as sociable as normal. However our new club captain Kelvin got a good turn out for Walton Chasers, my club. I had a very late start but wasn’t expecting much help from it, Sutton park being essentially flat and very very fast.
I ran hard through the first 9 controls in the open area cleanly and could not have gone any quicker. I wobbled on number 10 but made a full on mistake on both 11 and 12. Sutton park is blessed with acres of dense holly trees and I couldn’t make the vegetation fit the map in the low visibility thrashing around in the circle. I think I was probably within 5 metres of number 11 on my initial attack but must have missed it.
I pulled myself together and only made one other little mistake on 15. I started to tire as the course climbed to 19 before a final blast up through the holly trees but I held it together on the potentially difficult number 22 but the flag was hung high, then picking up another Chaser before the final sprint for the line, finishing in 62 mins for the 9.1km. I think the mistakes mid course cost me about 3 mins, but this would not have brought me up many places. Most of the Midlands best had done 57 mins but an old rival from my days as a junior in the South West Andy Simpson was well ahead winning in 52.
Results available here http://www.octavian-droobers.org/results%2011/csc11/index.htm