Nothing to do with that, it must have been out of synch. It's a miracle the start and finish got synched. The instructions Simon received had him put the purple key into the master brick and then into the start, effectively turning it into a start clock (but not actually synching it). I fixed the problem before the starts but not for the rest of the course. I reckon synching the start and finish threw out every other brick on course, if my trace
is anything to go by - there's not a single CP marked in the correct location against its split (I stopped my GPS after #14 for several minutes when I broke the chain so everything after that is way off). The first and last splits are both 40-50 seconds out - the first is too short and the last is too long.
I think Simon was trying to break the record for highest rate of DNFs and I think he achieved this on the medium - the last guy was 1hr 20mins late and everyone had packed up and gone by then (other than Tash and I, who hung around waiting - Tash tracked down his mum's mobile number from the White Pages and managed to call him on course!) - but the record overall is still held by Rob Beattie from Banyowla earlier in the year (I think Duncan holds second place and me third in that infamous battle). I don't think many of the medium course participants were prepared for the Goat Farm because that's where many came unstuck. Ironically, the only three finishers were Rob, Duncan and me!