Lets just say it was so nice to get back orienteering after a year!
I did the blue course. The aim was always to take it easy, concentrate on navigating correctly between controls, remembering old skills and building confidence. Mostly it went ok with just a few minor route and navigation errors although I am uploading my route to RouteGadget when I finish this post, so I may discover more errors than I am expecting. My uphill fitness is off though - too much trail running following flat rivers! In the end comfortably middle of the pack (and within view of Jeff!)
Al went on the yellow course on her own. Looking at her map later it looked to be a tricky yellow with a few controls off paths (including one in a reentrant not easy to see from the path) and more decision points between controls than I would expect. Still she did really well, although she unfortunately ran right past control 3 straight to control 4 (something we all do at least once!). Her time woud have been good though, so she is looking forward to next time.
Sebastian, initially shadowed from afar, got himself in a pickle when he could not spot one of the marked subtle paths. He just could not see it and, after a few runs up and down the path, needed a bit of help for the rest of the course. He still had fun though - especially jumping (and wading in one case) in every puddle on the walk back.
It was lovely to say hello to various QO-ers we bumped into throughout the event which was run fantastically by BOC.
Time to hit RouteGadget!