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in: Sophie Howes

Feb 28, 2024 11:44 PM # 
Any interest in running up to Green on Friday for a nice competitive challenge? Since it's not one of the interscholastic races

Bunch of '08ers doing it (Danny, Greta, Paige), plus you'll race against all us old juniors who are already forced to do F-20. Cool opportunity to have tons of course review, even if you don't run it hard. But no pressure of course :)
Feb 29, 2024 12:42 AM # 
Take her advice
Feb 29, 2024 1:31 AM # 
Good idea
Feb 29, 2024 5:31 AM # 
Sophie Howes:
I’ve been debating whether I should run F-20 or F-18 for the Friday race since I don’t want to push myself too far too soon but at the same time it’s more about experience. I’ll definitely do F-20 with your advice.
Feb 29, 2024 5:35 AM # 
In my opinion, F-20 is quite similar to F-18, in technical difficulty especially on friday races. Especially racing F-20 is fun to race other people (in my opinion) because not that many people run F-18
Feb 29, 2024 9:34 PM # 
F18 and F20 should be the same technically, just differing in lengths (which sometimes means the shorter course is less technical just because of how far away it can get from the start/finish).
And it's always fun to have a lot of good competition!
Mar 1, 2024 1:43 AM # 
Adding on to Peggy’s comment, F-20 is almost always <4k for Friday events
Mar 1, 2024 2:02 AM # 
3.5k compared to F-18 3.0k, so a small gap and you can always make friday a chill day regardless
Mar 3, 2024 2:10 PM # 
Ah, the oft-skipped M/F-18 classes. Sometimes it makes sense to run your age group to get a sense of what you're capable of compared to your age-group peers (and the wise masters who can often out-fox the youngsters). And sometimes it makes sense to enjoy having a great field. I concur with everyone else that Friday has a really nice group of young orienteers and it might be fun to all be in the same category and be able to compare notes. And, on a Middle, the distance difference is not huge. But as I also shared with another young orienteer, it's also fine to take Friday easy in your age group, learn the terrain (for those not local), and focus on the Jr. Nats races. No one should judge either way - do what works for you! ;-)

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