Mercia Hill Trial.
Waiting for some route gadget or something but guess that wont arrive as it was a 1:25,000 OS map.
Couldn't see a thing due to fog on the way to Priest Weston but it cleared on reaching Telford and beyond.
Beautiful area not visited since Offas Dyke race and old Long Mynd Hikes. Mostly in the dark for those anyway so good to see it in daylight.
Started out with not much enthusiasm but eased into it.
Steady to #1.
Henry came past before contouring up to #2.
Easy to #3,
hard work climbing to #4,
Could see #5 from round the brow of the hill but got distracted and caught Henry and a handful of others hunting for it. Somehow I ended up following them and wasted a couple of minutes pissing about. Schoolboy error.
Easy #6 by the pond
then it was a hunt for #7 which had been stolen. Interestingly I nailed the nav and was 100% certain I was in the right place. Between 2x cairns in depression. So much so that I left the dozen or so others at it and moved on.
#8 had a wobble and was at the wrong 'base of crag'. wasting probably 5-10 minutes.
#9 safety control at the base of Corndon.
#10 Didn't follow the folk going up and over Corndon but contoured around like a champ. A highlight nav effort by my standards.
#11 good planning but sure I took the wrong route. Should have continued down the marsh to the road and hoofed it for easy nav to the base of Todleth Hill. Instead I clawed back up and decided on a more direct but tricky route on tracks. Changed mind half way through and made the right choice to join on to the road for the aforementioned easy nav. Blowing a bit here so took a gel.. or 2.
#12 was a gimme on top of roundton hill. Well it was after I found the car park
#13 Fell on me right hip on the ice on the decent. Slowed down somewhat after that. Slog up to top of Corndon South side for the easy control find. Found it hard going from then on.
#14 Follow the fence to the corner.
#15 Rough bearing to the visible base of crag.
#16 Top of Corndon proper. Control among inquisitive kids.
#17 Messed up a bit as it was an easy top of re-entrant control. Didn't commit to the re-entrant and milled about on the outskirts until eventually going in and of course it was there. 2-3 minutes wasted
#18 Fluffed this one as well. Completely disorientated by the unmapped new fence another 2-3 minutes wasted not contouring round enough.
#18 > finish down the track through the village.
Overall it was as expected if a bit lower than wanted result wise in 14th place out of about 40.
Nearly an hour behind Jack wood and a bit less behind Kristof but then again with the mistakes and inability to sustain the pace for the duration. To be expected.
Henry would've been right up there but nav was atrocious! If only he'd take 20 seconds or so here and there to plan a route through.
Good day out nonetheless.https://merciafellrunners.org.uk/node/3255