O training on Merthyr Common with rickyp. I needed more practice to get used to 1:15,000 scale and had a lot of trouble running my course here at JK2014 - so we ran it again, alternating who was leading.
The good news is that navigation went fairly well. Some time spent wandering on 1 to try and make sense of the map, and determined it was where I thought it was on my way up. Redeemed the massive balls ups on 2 and 3 with no difficulty, found 4 ok but had difficulty following compass bearing so a bit unsure. Pulled well off line on 6 and had to relocate - unsure how much was compass trouble and how much was user error.
Some discussion on the mapping at 9 (definitely two massive pits rather than 1) - but hit it ok. Much, much better on 10 though. Took a safe route around bottom of boulders and contoured - still ended up in the depression we found last time, 10m higher up. But I did contour and altimeter confirms - so pretty sure the map is wrong here. Having confidence in approach meant it was easier to find the right pit without 15-20 mins lost in map error.
From here on to the end became very very very rough underfoot and it was taking everything to keep ankle in one piece. Would barely manage 20m running before tripping - by the end had 15 million awkward landings, two ankle twists, one grazed foot (through shoe) and lost two studs.
12 didn't feel right when got there, so carried on further, then by elimination it had to be right. Managed a much straighter line on long leg to 14 - good viz and east to match features so not sure what I was doing before (and really unsure what Mark3 did...), but trapped offline on next uphill leg and had to correct late on. Next long leg was vile with so much unpleasantness underfoot - we didn't end up in the right place either but beyond caring. Same for next leg.
Wrong direction on 20, but in different way to before. Compass said I was going NW when should have been NE, so turned sharply - was actually going N so overcompensated. Didn't bother going down into the marsh at 24 - too busy "enjoying" the "path".
Good training (well, first half) and glad to have got out on a nice day. Thanks to rickyp for the company.
Really needed to take water out today. Hoping Ireland isn't quite so hot and rocky.
Today's run: https://www.strava.com/activities/1155004679
First time in 2014: https://www.strava.com/activities/131910456
Both routes overlayed here: https://citystrides.com/users/2892/map#51.81351525...