The curse of a lot of UK planners - they don't know how to plan decent long, route choice legs. They seem determined to keep you in "terrain" all the time and seem to think it is a sin to run on paths or tracks. So you end up with a long middle style race.
The Black course at Linn of Tummel had some fantastic long legs, see 4 - 5 and especially 10 - 11 on Routegadget. Why don't we get this on the Blue Course. Most planners seem to think that us old guys enjoy control picking exercises rather than running and navigating which is what the sport's all about.
Just had a look at Routegadget - legs 6-7-8-9-10 on Blue were all very similar types of leg. You could just about miss out 8, 9 &10 and have a leg with a bit more route choice.
Don't think I've ever recovered from this leg 3-4:
(this isn't the route that I took!)
I couldn't agree more and particularly in an area with the scope of Linn of Tummel. I thoroughly enjoyed my own run out on the Blue on Sunday but it could have been so much better.
But these are not new comments on AP. Out of interest what are your own clubs doing to make sure your own planners planning is up to scratch?