Sort of ok to 1, struggled a bit to get into the map. But made a right mess of 2. Came around the hill and just didn't trust where I was, and didn't read the map correctly. Thought the black depressions with purple would look differently to what they did, so thought I was higher. Ended up with a lot of extra climb.
The green between 3 and 4 was green.
Knew I missed 8 but didn't think it was by as much as the GPS is saying.
Scottish lad caught me here so that helped to drag me through the next wet controls.
Then on the way to 10 James Tullie came flying past, I could not match that pace. Was struggling already to keep moving.
Through 10 and 11 the two scots and an english lad pulled away. Really was going slowly now. And struggled to keep moving forward through 13-15. Had been running into the wind since the bottom of the map so that wasn't helping either.
Knew there was a slightly longer leg to 16 and then 17 was an even longer leg. Wasn't looking forward to that. Leaving 16 the scot who passed me earlier was walking up the hill. That was actually a bit of a boost to me, despite being absolutely wrecked. Had 2 gels gone at this stage. Was thinking could I get back the time that I lost between here and the finish to beat this scot. I think this chap hit the wall badly, didn't finish.
At the fence on the way to 17 I got one leg over and needed to compose myself to get the second over, legs felt like cramping. On the way across the hill Cat Taylor passed below me with two lads in tow. I wasn't bothered at this stage as the legs were sort of still moving.
Niall came past at 18-19.
Caught up with Olivia in the forest going to 22. Had a bit of a fall then on the hill down to the last control, right calf felt like it was going to cramp, it didn't.
Overall this was a bad result of sorts. Some time lost early on but fitness was the main issue. Thought I was fit but clearly not terrain fit. I'll take actually finishing with the only problem being tiredness rather than pain.