Had been looking forward to this as always thought Cinderford has been quite overlooked. I'd updated the map and planned courses when Maprun was new in early 2018 but had been told "nobody will want to run there". Turns out tonight was using one of the courses I planned - so had a couple of obvious checkpoints worth dropping straight away.
Facebook this afternoon seemed to turn into a FoDAC/MonRoss pairs battle and was almost expecting everyone to rugby tackle each other in the town centre... Maybe there is a market for contact street orienteering?
S-15-27-19-7-18-26-4-17-12-23-22-13-9-30-14-29-16-20-28-5-1-25-2-F. 480 points.
Had some trouble starting. As per last week, phone didn't beep at the start - so abandoned and restarted, it didn't beep again - but beeped almost everything else.
Completely thrown on the way to 19 by an extra unmapped path. Now looking at map I saw that and thought I was a junction earlier than the bend I was on - hence nothing made sense. Spent a while going around but somehow managed to work it out - but the checkpoint didn't beep so wasn't sure I was in right place until exiting. Since it had cost several minutes gave up to an extent and just added in 4 for the sake of getting *some* points but in hindsight it was a good move - whole central area was a pig to plan due to being on a slope so think I got it at exactly the right point.
With the time losses wasn't sure there was time to head down to Ruspidge at all but thought worth a try anyway. 21 just too far so missed that. Passed Team Fletch heading the other way across the playing field - surprised they were there in that direction at that time so must have been an odd route!
Long flat sections along the valley so tried to keep the pace up to make back time. Saw a beautiful stag on the rugby club pitch. After 14 decided we had enough time to add 29 back in, and got everything on the way back to town centre fine too - so added 5 on, and still 10 mins left there so took the gamble to add 1 and 25 at the top too to give a decent points haul. Meant the last stage was a bit rushed, and feeling the last hill up to the finish - and won!
Overall, route choice was pretty good. Without time loss on 19, would have been able to add a few extra checkpoints - 10 and 3 on way to 27 at start and then shift 15 to the end - for extra 20 points. A faster runner than me might be able to add 11 and 6 before 18 but I was actually moving quite quickly so it will be a tough ask. 8/21/24 definite drops to max score only 530 in practice.
Quite a few runners out tonight (definitely more than orienteers) which is pretty good given the bitterly cold wind.https://www.strava.com/activities/2879535144