First non-urban orienteering since July, I think, and almost didn't come as feeling quite vomity-sick yesterday evening and into the night. Managed to sleep without throwing up which was a positive!
Cold day with snow on the top and wasn't really going to race hard - tussocks put paid to that anyway. Cags compulsory, which threw a lot of people but given the weather I wanted to take hat and gloves as well - wore the gloves (and ss base layer) but kept the rest in a bum bag and felt just right temperature wise. Stealth white kit so nobody could see me to follow.
Bearing clearly wrong on 1 - features not lining up - then had to fight it on 2 (building behind was a giveaway). From there assumed that magnetic north adjustment had been put in the wrong direction and just used contours. Looking on PC now, think I might have been right with that theory...
Some inconsistent mapping of gorse and bog that cost me a bit of time on 4/5. Then had a surprising amount of trouble on the compulsory route section 12-13; think first part was misreading which gate I was at, 2nd part using compass so veered off right, 3rd part the massive barn we ran pretty much through was mapped as a tiny dot on the end of a thick path.
After 13, navigation seemed trivial, but I know the golf balls bit pretty well. Pace was very slow though due to snow and rocks - was picking quite a bit longer routes to try and avoid the rocks as in these conditions were slow walk at best. Coming down the other side was interesting as snow was offering no grip and there were cliffs and allsorts to fall down. Went through a big patch of unmapped bramble on the most obvious route (to me) into 18, but should expect that from Harlequins.
Went straight 19-20 but started and thought road would be better for me. Left ankle started hurting 21-22 in tussocks but don't recall twisting it. Lost a little time on 22 as stupidly assumed the person in front had looked properly when he dipped down into the depression with the control in and not found it.
A nice but long day out. Came the traffic free way through Canon Frome. Being such a long drive really does highlight how far you are from anywhere once past Bromyard. Might be why the kites like it so much - two in Kyre, and a buzzard on pretty much every upright telegraph pole after Bishops Frome. Tenbury was nice to stop at, a bit more lively now it's got a supermarket.https://www.strava.com/activities/2855476177
Says a lot about the standard of orienteering in the Midlands - I wasn't exactly trying very hard today!