Overnight rain and mist meant that Day 2 was going to be a very wet experience. Controller Dave Kershaw went through 4 sets of orienteering gear in the course of the day in a vain attempt to keep dry. The day itself was overcast but dry, and despite the conditions surprisingly free of midges. The terrain was more complex than Day 1, with some quite long times achieved by a number of competitors. By 1630 hrs, course closing time, three competitors were still unaccounted for and a “missing competitor” plan was swinging into action. Fortunately all three turned up safe and well. At least one competitor was sucked into a bog, and Nigel Bush described how 5 runners had to pull him out as he couldn’t move. Fortunately his O-shoes remained on his feet.
Oli Johnson again won M21E, but Alasdair McLeod (EUOC) and Patrik Martner (IFK Goteborg) were joint second place just one second down! Asa Lindqvist won W21E, just ahead of Jenny Johansson who is a very strong contender for this year’s event. Peter Bray (SN) and Rosie Watson (WCOC) were leaders in the Future Champions Cup M/W18, and Thomas Fellbaum (MDOC) and Julia Blomquist (BAOC) took the honours in M/W20.
GPS units, supported with funding by EventScotland, were deployed on a number of volunteers from FVO, EckO and ELO. Playback of their routes may now be possible on Day 3’s big screen, and the SOA Professional Officer really hopes that they don’t show his attempts to locate control 10.