Turn turn out at Kindalls tonight - obviously few had been before! Dare to the leave the paths and get stuck in dense brambles and fallen trees; keep on the paths and it's all wet mud...
26, 17 and 13 all straight forward as I'd caught up the person ahead of me doing the same thing before leaving the car park! Also made 26 very easy for Ifor... 17-13 included a lot more steep climbs than I expected, and I would have had no idea where I was if I didn't come across a big concrete bunker. 13-25 by paths as I thought brambles would be horrible, after a minute, the other guy with me followed and overtook me. Took a different route into 25 than him, via the dam so I wouldn't keep with him all the way and ended up stuck with loads of fallen trees with branches making it quite impenetrable - lost 3-4 mins.
25-27 via paths, lights ahead of me, lights behind me, lights to the side of me... Got the control easy, but getting across the stream about the bottom wasn't due to a huge unmapped canyon (the "ravine" at Long Valley was nothing compared to this...) Add insult to injury and it far side (that I had to climb) was fortified by yet more brambles and three fallen trees on top of each other. Getting to 19 was an awful climb through the brambles - I didn't see any gap in them as marked on the map. Got to the top and correcting recognised the path junction, but stupidly listened to Brian Laycock suggesting different - hence ran in the wrong way... 27-19 in just 16:40...
19-21 easy by paths, 21-28 by going back to the paths to avoid what looked grotty and steep. 28-15 by contouring on a steep and slippery slope, then cutting into the brambles to find a path so indistinct that it was invisible. Overshot, but led in by Tim Britton. 2 mins to go at this stage, followed a path with steps hidden under leaves down the hill onto the driveway of someone's house, which had lots of nice security lights sunken into the paving stones.
Concise as always, looked like a well planned course but let down badly the the total lack of any runnability at all - I'll certainly think twice before going back there a third time!