Sorry for the slightly fuzzy memory today. Looking at my old map data I think it was to the left of the gully on the first climb and a bit further left than we came on the descent. Possibly the way you went back up. This is what I did last year: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/6972742...
Yeah, I went and looked and Andy Fallas' strava from last year.
I think you're right about the last descent, I'll try finding the top of it on Saturday :)
This is why we do the recce though!
I'll be a fair bit further back so I don't really have to worry about things like route choice. I'll be spending most of it staring at the arse of whoever's infront
No need you'll be required to follow the flagged route on both anyway - apparently it reduces errosion. Not sure how requiring 500 people to follow the same line does that but hey.
In this case recce is about knowing what is coming in terms of the physical ask, not the route.
That said the physical is a bit different at the front of the race than it is on a recce trot
Aye, I'm not too concerned about getting lost, but I'd like to have a few practice runs down that final descent as it's where I'm gonna lose most time.
And as you say, it's about know the physical effort, when the kickers are coming on the climbs, where the trod is small and the heather is deep so overtaking isn't on. Micro lines on the descents etc.
As for orienteering, sometimes I feel doing a recce / model event can have just as big a placebo effect as it does on affecting your actual nav.
so off the top of the spur you go left, typically you get flagged through the heather between various bits of scree. Maybe a 3rd of the way down you vere right and pick up a horrible trod through the heather. You might be flagged off this though ( 2 years since I did it) The trod spits you out right at the gate. So things to check are the heather high up avoiding the scree, then the trod lower down, but also the heather either side of the trod, just in case. The ground does tend to be a bit choppy.
If you are timid you will lose time as you'll get slowed by the unevennes. If you attack it then you really need to commit and go for fast light feet so as not to let the surface turn your ankle. You have to be strong, concentrated and in the zone to make it work well, but you can gain plenty of places if it does. Then its a change of style and grind it out across the field - doable because it is very different running and muscles. Then you just have to embrace the fact that you'll be Douglas Bader for a couple of days.