BOK 3rd and my run counted; hooray! Good to have a reasonable run at a big event since that doesn't happen very often.
Safe to number one via the pond, trying to avoid the slope but it turned out it didn't get any easier, so cut the corner eventually; the forest was actually pretty runnable but there were so many paths, it was safer to stay on them. I know this will have lost time against cutting the corners but defintiely the best strategy for my personal level of ability....
Only real mistake was #5 where I strayed onto a notpath (which I thought was the case, but I thought I could pick up the path later one) and then had no confidence about where I was; relocated by the road... that basically cemented my earlier conclusion and I stuck to the paths as much as possible after that; probably lost 2 mins here.
Another minute at 12; overshot and got to the big hill and then realised.
Some more safe routes implemented properly and then caught up with a group at 20; think this was Jack Benham and someone from SELOC and someone from EPOC. I thought at the time that they'd caught me, but actually I had caught them. We ran up to about 26 taking it in turns to drive the train, which was really fun and I think it's the first time I've been actually taking an active part in driving the train and pushing really hard, rather than just being a passenger - really good fun. Pulled away a bit to the road crossing but then took a different (safer) route to 30 and had to recatch them. But then got ahead again to 33 and then led to 35, but got a bit crazy trying to go to fast and get away to 36 and had to slow down a bit to relocate; got caught by the group again.
Then on the long leg, could quite keep up with the SELOC guy (who freely admitted to being a runner) but was pretty close to him, we dropped Jack and EPOC and picked up someone from ShuOC.
So despite the area not being particularly inspiring, actually really enjoyed the event and glad I made the trip.