West mids League event. Hartshill Hayes. Brown.
Not been on the area for a number of years and decided not do do it because it was a OD event, meaning Emit would be used. Discovered OD have switch to SI so with that my mind was changed.
Remember the area quite well and was dreading it if I'm honest but just started out relaxed.
Not much to report in a blow by blow account but felt good and all the way to #7 then fell on my face in the mud. Took a while to get the map clean and even then headed off on a daft route around some fence line and took a while to get back into it.
Overshot #8 as did many others. A sneaky control somewhat as it was in the OOB area. Description said correct side though. Whatever.
Henry came past at #11 and went too far right to #12 . Stupidly me and some HOC guy followed him in.
#13 went my own way and watched Henry take a daft line to that one also.
#14 the pattern continued. Managed to stay with Henry but watched him head 45degs off down the hillside. Map was a bit off TBF.
#15 Followed him in.
#16 A few milling about scratching heads saying map was wrong. Not sure. Bit of a wobble at this one.
#18 Blowing a bit with Stu and Henry slowly pulling away.
#19 Caught Stu on the downhill where he hesitated peeling off to the obvious hand rail
#20 to #22 felt good. Stayed in contact throughout with proper plans. Not the best lines but I didn't get lost.
#23 was a bit slow as couldn't decide on the best way.
#24 and #25 A bit finicky but did OK and relocated when I hit the wrong ctrl for 25. Caught Henry again but he left me on way to 26.
Remaining controls uneventful if taken a little slowly as to not spoil the good run so far. Found it hard going anyway. Harder than it should be.
Pretty enjoyable run out by orienteering standards.
UPDATE: It seems #6 and #16 were in the wrong place. #14 map is wrong. The feature is too high on the map.https://www.od.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#60&route...
Awaiting the routegadget geekery later.