You would have made the final
Well I assume so, as you normally run more than a minute faster than I do
The lopsidedness of the heats was partly the result of a lot of DNFs/DNSs in one heat - put Mark and yourself back into heat B and the cut would probably have come down a fair way.
The small number of qualifiers was intended to make the qualifying race meaningful for the top end of the field (in preparation for WOC/JWOC), but it did so at the price of making it less meaningful for the rest. One idea which was floated was to have an A, B and C race.
So a C race would be "least meaningful"? What's the benefit of an even more meaningless race??
I get that WOC preparation needs two "sprint" races on the same day, but why the different courses? Different start blocks, yes, but for a meaningful race for the B finalists why not have it on the same course as the A final?? What's the benefit of a different course??
Presumably every orienteering race I have run in is meaningless, because none had the chance of earning NOL points?
More meaninglessness is when you don't run against your peers.