Newport MapRun. Start and finish just around the corner from home so navigation wasn’t going to be particularly enthusing so plan was just to go out for a nice run. Getting the map didn’t help when I saw where the checkpoints were - too much fot an hour and many just not worth going for, so stuck with the plan of going for an enjoyable run!
S-13-27-34-22-31-23-25-35-24-17-11-29-14-21-12-16-F. 450 point out of more than 600.
Was quick to discard Mon Bank, down by the railway station, the two really awkward high scores beyond the Ridgeway and Drinkwater Gardens - all would cost more than they gain, in either time or opportunity. Left me with a fairly obvious route, although know it wasn’t going to be a high score when I’d done a k before the first checkpoint!
Hills pace not that quick for the most part, but it did all add up. Reminds me I should start back on the 7k loop with over 200m ascent again.
Bit pessimistic with pace near the end as thought I’d need to allow myself at least 10 mins from the far end of Melfort Rd to the finish, but was 3 mins early so had enough time to drop 2 contours for #3 as well. Was certainly moving better towards the end. And that’s despite the torch running out as not charged for a couple of weeks.
Bit of a lonely run and not feeling like a race - had been going over 45 minutes before I saw another orienteer, then saw another just as I was heading for the finish. Shame, as it’s a good demonstration of how nice this part of Newport actually is.
Garmin fail again today. Didn’t even get as far as forgetting to save the route plot - had put the course on watch before I left home but it had forgotten on the jog down and I didn’t have my phone with me to sync again. At least strava upload worked well today!https://www.strava.com/activities/6271927409