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Discussion: Jura

in: Bashman; Bashman > 2019-05-19

May 20, 2019 9:00 AM # 
The way you are going it looks like you will run really well.
But Jura is about more than running - you need the right routes off the Paps, but Jura is about more than navigation, there are lines and tricks and turns to getting the right routes and paths off the Paps.
You can take a bearing and find yourself tripping and stumbling through an endless bolder field whilst somewhere off to the side others are skipping down...
(actually you can take a bearing and still come off a pure conical hill in the wrong direction if you don't attend to it the whole time and decide to follow what looks like a decent path which subtly curves away )
So its route knowledge that matters, local knowledge, and a lot of the locals in this race are English.
It could well be worth tucking in over the Paps and once you are off and onto the moorland descent off Corra Bheinn, there is plenty of scope to pull away from people, especially with an orienteer's terrain running legs.
Then there is the road....
don't underestimate the road

Good luck
enjoy it
May 22, 2019 8:26 AM # 
2003 we had Angela as a lodger. She was absolutely delighted with her run at Jura, cause the mist was down and she got the man right, and even beat Andy Kitchin who is supposed to be an orienteer!

When I did it I found the 5k road run at the end the best bit. Loose rock related Tourette’s is a real problem in that race.
May 22, 2019 9:01 AM # 
Cheers Kitch. Been hearing all the tips and tricks for the race - will probably all go out the window on the day, particularly because it looks to be grim weather! Thankfully there's a few names who have run before to latch on if need be, but a bit of nav is always fun and distracting from the long slopes!

I'm thinking the road is exaggerated in difficulty and look forward to it too Claire, though hope that's still the case on Saturday :)
May 22, 2019 9:37 AM # 
Ha, ha, yes, Claire, that was pretty much my point - knowledge beats navigation on this especially in the mist.
I got a false sense of confidence on the early hills - before the Paps, where I was moving significantly quicker than others due to my navigation in the clag, but off the Paps it was all about knowledge

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