Brown, nominal 9.6km/200m
Maybe my best result on a brown course yet? A bit slow off the mark, the SN woman who started a minute behind overhauled me on the long run to #2 and then bounded off across the heather for #3, erk. More confident in my ankle today though and just bashed along. Had to keep reminding myself to keep moving forward, I didn’t need to be so tentative.
XC approach to #3 meant a loop near the circle in the veg boundary, when it would’ve been obvious from the path, d’oh. Misread description for #4 and looped twice to find it on top of the hill (not in a depression, fool). I think this is one of the few times since I started back orienteering that I’ve seen that control description; all the controls over the common here were marked thusly.
Wrong route for #6, had to back-track (mistook a marked fence for a small path); control was more like a little knoll than a ‘hill’! Then pretty good until #13, which I overran in the rough open. Marked in a re-entrant but there wasn’t one and instead it was under an isolated tree at the edge of the open?
Should’ve approached #14 from the L path, not the R, and ran a bit of a banana on the approach. For #16 lacked a decent plan and got stuck in brambles close to the circle. Bogged down in the valley for #22 and should’ve left it W rather than E (or maybe just trudged up and out following the valley). A bit late turning off the path for #27 but the feature was thankfully very obvious in open forest. Getting tired, so headed for the rides from #28 and got bogged down, when across the forest would’ve been much shorter/faster.
8th/25 at download. Result 21st/41, misplaced optimism!http://www.bko.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#129&cour...