Sorry, I haven't been on for a bit.
I think that the mass start definitely helped confirm my routes, But I found myself running alone for allot of the course. I focused on rough compass and precision map and those skills seemed to work well for the terrain and course difficulty, about a red level.
At times though, if I pushed far ahead of the pack, I would hesitate due to a lack of confidence. My biggest take away is to trust myself a bit more.
Nice job. Those are good observations to carry away. The confidence will come.
WA hall stairs - apparently an O team tradition. Ooph!