It’s good to get back to orienteering again. The end of June until now is just far too big a gap and certainly it does not help my progression in becoming a better orienteer.
I did plan the Bangor WEE at the beginning of August, but planning a race is not the same as ‘racing’ a race. So last night I was really looking forward to the run around Orangefield Park in East Belfast. Of course, I was nervous as hell walking up to the starting control, hoping and praying not to make too many balls-up along the way.
There were 22 controls on the long course, which covered 3.4km. There were a few football matches taking place at the same time, so direct routes across the pitches was going to be out of the question (if you are wondering why there is a big loop running from the start to the first control). The park is relatively flat with very little climb to worry about, meaning you are always guaranteed a fast run around the area.
I had a decent enough run without any major errors. I could have picked a few better route choices, which would have saved me a few easy seconds, but overall I was happy with my race. My only blip was getting stung on the back of the leg by a wasp at the first control. This would not be so bad, but I got stung last Saturday on the hand and ending up needing to go to A&E. They ended up injecting piriton directly into the vein and put me on a dose of antibiotics. At least there should be enough drugs in my system to cope with the new wasp sting without needing to head back to A&E again. Wonder if I could have been done for drug doping?
Next week’s WEE is down at Castlewellan. See you there. Wasps are not welcome.