EVENT: District event at Chobham Common
COURSE: Brown, 8.06 km, 130 meters climb, 24 controls
TERRAIN: The course went entirely through heather and knee-high tall yellow grass. Very rough footing, lots of muddy/marshy areas, and lots of gorse. This was one of the most physical courses I've ever done and definitely one of the crappiest maps I've ever run on!
MY RUN: Did alright and kept within sight of Per Forsberg for the middle chunk of the course, but then was really knackered by the end. My legs and arms hurt from constant contact with prickly vegetation and the bottom of my right foot was killing me because of all the uneven ground. I was getting really tired and frustrated by the end, but still managed to have a decent result. I think I had about 10 minutes of mistakes/hesitation/bad-route-choice, but these were mostly due to not being able to find the bingo controls in the heather and having trouble at times relating this old map to the present-day terrain. (The vegetation has changed considerably since the 2004 survey.) Overall good effort.
RESULTS: 10th out of about 70, mostly men.
Results at http://www.go-pages.fsnet.co.uk/results.htm