In the Israeli Championship I won a medal (Silver) by default. The top two competitors in H35 didn’t participate – Daniel Griff was stuck overseas, and Noam Ravid organised (he won the first day easily). But even fourth place is a good result if you take into account that I’m nearly 46…
The first day was the longer distance, and it was alse very hot and dry. My legs felt stiff and I couldn’t run at my best, but experience and stamina kicked in and I had a solid run, finishing the 8.8km course in 1:31:25. My only significant time loss was at 7, where the flag was lying on the ground, and according to the GPS track I passed by it and didn’t see the control before returning 3 minutes later when someone else found it.
During the race I had the feeling that my route choices (2-3, 12-13, 15-16) were terrible, but in retrospect they were good enough and kept me in the running. I finished fourth on the day, 5 minutes behind my main rival Nir Yasur.
Day two was more of a middle distance style course, on faster but more technical terrain, and the cloudy weather moderated the heat. Knowing that I had to close a big gap, and starting early, I simply ran the course flat out and kept my concentration, and though it wasn’t a perfect run it was definitely the type of performance I expect from myself at a championship – 6.3km in 51:48. Nir, starting late and knowing my result, kept us in suspense until the last moment but finished 3 minutes slower and deservedly won the championship, gaining revenge for my victory in H40 a couple of years ago – by a similar margin, only in seconds.