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End of 2014

The year end Hong Kong championships in orienteering has come to a close. The results are not very good for me, though technically I experience improvement.

Sprint: Tin Shui Wai Park (map update extends to adjacent Tin Shui Road Park, but negotiations to use Tin Shui Estate did not succeed). Additions of much dark green (i.e. forbidden to pass) made the race much trickier.

Middle: Ngong Ping (Sai Kung). Reversed flow of last year’s championship long distance. Technically not hard but big mistake at one control wasting almost 10 minutes.

Long: Tai Mo Shan. Foggy and slippery, can’t run. Technically easy, but some paths are covered up by vegetation (despite not marked as indistinct) and a good number of runners including me got lost.

I got 7th, 9th and 12th ranks in these races respectively.

Today I submitted an orchestral score for consideration in HK Phil’s “HK Composer Showcase”, thus ending my final piece of work in 2014. I don’t expect it to be selected though, for my musical style does not seem to be in harmony with most judges :p

This New Year will be especially significant for Hong Kong orienteers: the Orienteering Association officially switches to SportIdent, retiring the ailing EMIT system in use since the 1999/2000 season. It will probably mean more convenience for overseas orienteers should they come to Hong Kong for races.

Last but not least, I wish you a Happy New Year 2015!

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