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Discussion: Hope it goes well ....

in: Chas; Chas > 2017-03-18

Mar 18, 2017 11:58 AM # 
philm64:
You'll sleep well tonight!

Chippy, one beer & fell asleep on sofa when i put on an event early last year. I started hanging in the dark, finished collecting in the dusk, was asleep by 9pm!
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Mar 18, 2017 5:06 PM # 
Chas:
Cheers. It did. Snoozing in front of the rugby now....
Mar 18, 2017 5:49 PM # 
Lard:
All worth it. Well done Charlie.
Mar 18, 2017 6:14 PM # 
Scrappy Doo:
Winning time on Men A just 17 seconds slower than when I planned last year

Women 5 minutes quicker

From what I have read on Nopesport you were expecting longer times.... looks like some quick time for Wharncliffe
Mar 19, 2017 9:37 AM # 
Chas:
Yes I was a little worried that the Women's course might be slightly short. However I thought the Men's would be plenty long enough (about 10 mins longer). It was difficult to make the Women's course longer without going through some pretty horrible forest.
The quick times were partly due to a high proportion of the course on the very fast moorland. I also tried to give a few path options as the forest is so relentlessly tough. It did also track up quite a bit.
Mar 22, 2017 11:38 AM # 
mrmoosehead:
Isn't Wharncliffe the very definition of pretty horrible forest? That's my memories of it.
Mar 22, 2017 12:36 PM # 
tessastraining:
Thanks for all you did at the weekend.

In case it is of interest, my thoughts on courses and winning times:
I ran well (but not perfect), probably better than I did when I won the British in same area in 2011. So I wasn't surprised to be faster comparatively. Also, although I think the BUCs course legs 5-9ish were physically tougher through the grot/rocks/slope than I remember any legs on the BOC course being, it was probably counterbalanced by the rest of it being much faster on paths or moorland. I'm also not sure I'd have kept pace for another 3 or so km.
Mar 22, 2017 1:22 PM # 
Chas:
Thanks for the feedback Tessa.
BOC 2011 didn't use the moorland at all. It was obvious that having a proportion of the course on the open would speed up average mpk's, but very difficult to assess how much. I was also limited by having only two realistic access points onto the moor and the vegetation mapping being pretty out of date (particularly the flatter bit of the forest which you skirted around). There was no time for a full re-survey. I would have liked to take the girls further north on the slope but the course would have ended up being too long (and tough), particularly for some of the younger competitors.
As ever, what you got was a compromise. Well done for doing it so quickly!

@mrmoosehead. That's what everyone thought who did the last event there in December 2015. My experience there heavily influenced which bits of forest I took courses through last weekend.

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