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Discussion: Courses

in: Ifor; Ifor > 2019-11-30

Dec 2, 2019 8:38 AM # 
Old Daniel:
I really enjoyed the area and the courses. (I would have liked longer but I think that's just the guidelines and getting old)
For me there was plenty going on to keep interest, plenty of choices and good use of variety. (It was also good to go to Night 'O' with good numbers)
I hope we can make an opportunity to use the area again
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Dec 2, 2019 9:29 AM # 
tommig:
I really enjoyed my course and felt it was quite long enough! I haven't been to Caerwent before but it was fascinating/eerie and at times harder than I expected, especially with those massive banks that weren't quite so easy to spot on the map. At least one time I ran along the top of one having climbed it and realized that down wasn't so great and round would have been better.

I don't know who makes the decisions on grouping the women's courses, but the one that seems really weird is having Jackie winning the W60 in under 30 mins on the same course as the M80 (won in 43 mins)... If it's a BOF decision then perhaps someone with a voice at BOF level should lobby more on that front...
Dec 2, 2019 12:42 PM # 
rcro:
Agree with above, but might have preferred less in the woods and you to have spent the afternoon flattening tussocks! Hope it makes it onto routegadget as think there was quite a variety of choices on the two long legs on our course but suspect everyone thought they'd taken a good line :-)
Dec 2, 2019 3:38 PM # 
Ifor:
It's meant to get to RG but not there yet....

There are not any really good guidelines. It's more a case of copying tradition. I think really it needs to go up from the 4 technical courses I had to 6 or 7 with a Very short green on the short end and brown at the top. Then there is less of a spread of ability on each course.

There are not any bad tussocks there, just some sparse thistles. I spent plenty of time gardening the route out of the forest for you as it was. Your using it to go back into the forest was not so clever Richard...
Dec 2, 2019 4:33 PM # 
tommig:
It was the less bad tussocks that kept tripping me up... the first few controls I spotted I eagerly started chasing forgetting to look what my feet might be hitting and ended up face first on the floor. But that partly added to the enjoyment.....

I suppose the trouble is with such a small number of entrants among the civilians if you have more courses then you then end up with few people on each course and it will be a lot of work for few runners, there will also be complaints about there not being enough to earn ranking points.... :)

What we need to do is to persuade everyone that Night-O is the best O and increase the numbers :)

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