Another reason is that my orienteering is going well. I finished 2010 in a bit of a boo with the sport and I kept making a mess of finding the controls. On January 16th ,I ran in the Compass Sport Cup qualifier for Harlequins - keen to make it 3 years in a row in the final. I know Sutton Park fairly well after a few years in Birmingham and having planned the Peter Palmer Relays there in 2006-ish. It's always trickier than you think. The gorse bushes are really fast to run around but really easy to confuse. The forest areas can be quite slow to run through and impossible to find the pits in.
here. Harlequins made it through to the final in October.
A final, probably connected reason, why 2011 has been great is that I've put together a really good month of training. I got ill in late December but I've picked up well and am feeling fitter and faster. It has meant I've been absolutely knackered but I'm looking forward to posting a good time at the Watford Half Marathon in February and racing hard at the Southern Cross Country Champs at the end of January. My time-lagged training diary is here.