First MapRun event I’ve been allowed to go since August - but MapRun was down so missed my chance to test the Garmin app again! But the alternative punching system of saying “beep” when you got to the right place was very responsive.
S-1-25-13-6-28-24-14-26-7-27-15-16-8-18-10-22-17-9-21-20-19-12-4-23-11-F. 510 points I think (and dropped 30 points not the 40 I thought as I did detour for 8 in the end).
Aim for today to have fun and decided to go east from the start if the map covered that way as it’s the side I know least well. Long way to 1 but got there in the end and then getting 25 with it got me to explore a wood I didn’t know even existed until now. Rest of this side was straight forward apart from struggling to find the footpath over the railway.
On to the other side and wanted a route that did things in an odd order as it makes things more interesting having corners and junctions. Once on to logical 8-18-10 straight lines felt tedious in comparison!
Some fun had taking the path 20-19. The way I went was quite wet and required some good horizontal jumping from a standing start to keep dryish. The “path” wasn’t really anything to write home about and wasn’t following the stream- but looked like it went somewhere and decided to deal with it if I ever got out. Came out not where I expected but looked vaguely familiar so turned left on assumption I was too far out and worked it out - had been through the green immediately east of 20 and just above 16. Marcus did it too and he’s an orienteer.
The woods took more time than I’d intended so eventually didn’t go for 2 after 23 so that I wouldn’t have to rush so much into the finish. Had 2:40 spare at the end, and now looking at the map it would only have added 250-300m as straighter routes so in hindsight should have. Think that would then have me tieing with Marcus for points.
Map contact, route planning, ability to read map and run (after a slow start) all pretty good so haven’t forgotten it all yet for this being only my 9th(?) orienteering event of 2020 and third in 9 months. https://www.strava.com/activities/4357382440