Well done Will - great win. I'd agree with you on #6. That was originally pretty much the M21E long leg (slightly different end), and Rob test ran it for me. We reckoned that the quickest route was through the top crossing point in the wall that ran along the stream in the valley bottom (two up from yours), and then contouring round as much as possible from there, climbing to the crossing point two above yours on the last wall.
Interested in the unmapped pit at #10. How could you tell in the line of pits in that area? I placed it on the pit by the boulder so that it could be definitely identified - it was only meant to be a turning control, letting you aim off to the line below then run up to it.
Worth going slower through the first couple - there were a lot of people getting those very wrong!
One question: how did you feel about the length? Your course is bang on the ratio required, but it's one of the few classes where the winning time is significantly out - by about 10 mins. One or two classes (yours included) seem consistently 'wrong': do you prefer the course to be longer, or would you rather it closer to the EWT of 65-75?
Thanks, The pit before #10 was before the wall. I could see the rocky ground ahead before crossing the wall as well, but thought that it was unmapped as the pit was so obvious and there was one on the map. In hindsight I should have realised I was too low and that the rocky ground would be mapped and turned uphill not downhill. Stupid mistake really as the boulder in the circle was such an obvious catching feature.
With regard the length I think that it was OK. Duncan, & Ant were both running elite and I would have expected then to be under 80. Last year I won Day 1 in 67 mins then was 2nd in 82 mins on the Sunday behind Ant. M/W35 is a very hard class to ever get right as it depends on who enters. Some really good folk still do elite so it can be a bit random. For example if you look at Wass then the top 3 (me, Ben C & Andy P) were 30 mins ahead of the rest. Now if you look at the M35's doing elite then there would have been another 3 or 4 folk to bring the times down. Andy also got caught in the hail on Sunday and dropped 10mins hence his long time. I really enjoyed the course but the weather made it a bit of slog at times. I liked the fact there weren't 35 controls as well.....less is more!!!
Thanks Will - I'll check that pit out for the next update! Good points about the times.