Race 5: Hampstead Heath

This was a low-key evening event put on by LOK. The course was hung with extra small control kites, and no punching or electronic timing. The course was just 5.4km but with 17 controls, and used the most technical parts of the heath. Unfortunately one control was stolen, and another was hung in the wrong place, my comparatively slow time (50 minutes) reflects the time I spent looking for these two. The weather was nice though – not too hot or sunny, but not raining either.

Hampstead Heath is one of the few regularly used orienteering areas bikeable from from where I live, along with Shooter’s Hill and maybe Battersea Park and Abbey Wood. It is certainly the best area in London and one of my favourite of the south-east.

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