First navigation mistake was getting here. When details said registration on the lane by the primary school assumed Gwaelod school not Taffs Well. Worked it out after seeing nobody else anywhere after I’d been parked 5 minutes.
S-10-13-11-16-12-2-8-1-7-4-3-21-22-20-27-25-26-36-35-34-(31)-30-F. 210 points/300
Never going to take this hard as suffering from XC. Set on Map 1 without looking at it so started with 10 and disregarded the control for a while as thought it was going to be on next path up. General navigation was no-plan but use compass and maybe keep an eye out for features on the way. This worked well most of the time.
Dropped 15 and 14 early as a lot of climb and out of the way. Similarly, with this order 6 was a long way out so dropped that. Disregarded the quarry from the start as don’t like it - knew I was going to be dropping so those were convenient to not go to.
On to set 3 by something like 22 mins, which made me question whether this really was a “bona fide” effort - but then missed 21 and had to work back up from the bottom. Found a happy Ollie on track before 20 and I’d said to him I’d skip 27, but looked at watch and still had 28 mins or so so couldn’t justify leaving it out. Meant I got to find Mark and camera and have a brief stop to talk and let him test settings.
Last set again was quite clean and navigating better than Rhys who was doing similar. Identified 31 as a challenging control (but feature is strong when found). Approached from 20 where running was good but missed it and found some other form lines instead. Carried on a bit and found 8 and decided that with 6 mins to spare wasn’t worth hunting for it again given only worth 30s late penalty. Also skipped 32 as map implied brambly - hadn’t noted the path to the circle on the map.
Much more enjoyable than the last night-o. Generally found the woods runnable, and easier going than some previous times here.
Pub clearly not used to catering for large numbers of people at the same time - but it was cheap, and once the crowds thinned out a bit was easier to talk to eachother. I think HQ service might have been a bit quicker!https://www.strava.com/activities/3083448750