First time running for Wales - and to be honest was never in the same league as almost everybody else, so a case of just go out and try my best.
Florencecourt is wet - very wet, and very rough. Rained a lot too. Worried that my ankle might not last the full 13.3k but it did, fortunately all the big falls, trips, slides were on left side.
Steady start fighting through bracken up the hill until I had visibility of big features to navigate from. OK to 2 but stopped slightly early as bracken mapping was misleading (as extra block of bracken, and similar contour features just before).
Main time losses came in pretty early with 3 min miss on 3. Saw others punching the control but didn't think it was mine so spent a while a bit further down the valley in the rocks. Then lost another 2-3 mins on route to 4, found it fine just had the most evil steep descent through "white" wood, with boulders and crags to avoid and some crawling. Not my terrain.
OK on 5 and 6 as behind Jonny Crickmore and not falling back - but opted to go around the valley on 7 rather than straight. Very rough getting to 8, and very boggy after going through the gate. Ed (9 mins) caught up and overtook, then kindly stayed slow enough that I remained close all the way back up to 19. Still did my own routes - straighter on 9-10 including thigh deep bog, had to find 10 for myself, but led into 11.
Took path as long as possible for 13 - rough and boggy, but from here on energy was pretty low and lots more walking than earlier. Went for southern route to 16 around bottom of woods I hated from earlier - think it worked better than the top route everyone else took.
Would have liked it to end here - slow walk up big climb against the wind and through bog; once at top is was rough going down so still slow. Woods at the end weren't too bad but very soft - descent to 21 more of a slide, and right for 22 but confused with the map and lost a minute or so thinking in the circle - down to tiredness.
Reasonably clean all in all, and enjoyed most of it. Am sure I would have done better if ankle was fine. Could have done with food or gels for being out so long but assumed would be a problem on the plane to didn't bring them. Still would have been well down on most of the others.