EOC Middle distance qualifier.
Map and route:
Very nervous before start of the race but had a good warm up and was pretty focused at the start. In general a good race and was pleased when I came into the finish. Made 2x 30sec mistakes, the 2nd one at 13 was too much to qualify. Missed out by 2seconds!!
Start-1: Looked tricky and decided to try to run up spur and green, and took a good compass bearing. However never saw the spur as didn't climb enough, the vegetation mapping was rubbish and unusuable.
2-12: Good section and pretty pleased with my routechoice, little hesitant into 7 and 8 but otherwise ok.
12- Fell and hit my thigh pretty hard off a tree, but wasn't too bad put me off a little.
13. Came lower out of 12 than expected but then tried to weave my way across the slope using the boulder and the reentrant. Vegetation quite nasty. Looked at compass at top of reentrant but countoured too highm, control was hidden behind a rootstock, lost 30sec.
Basically I am only just fit enough for this terrain and can't afford any mistakes if I want a good result. Will run the open race tomorrow then give everything in the long on sunday!