Analysis of Knettishall Heath
Control 1,2 and 4: All shaky; point features that I missed just by a bit each time but as they were buried and I didn't make quick/good enough choices to reattack, way too much clock ran (90s/control).
-- Area around control 4 was not sufficiently well mapped, lots of other significant features and I turned in early which dropped my pace and confidence.
Control 5: A few meters off but moved E rather than just pausing; this blurred where I was in this small but brackened area leaving me to survey rather than navigate (3 min)
Controls 6-10: Easier navigation, picked up pace losing only a few seconds with pauses to read past sweaty glasses.
C11-13: A detailed bit of map, hit cleanly the correct depression and pits; vegetation boundaries here seems to be evolving, although it only caused minor confusion. Confused at map flip as I was reading the map not the clue sheet and there were boundary lines in purple that muddled me. (+20 s)
C14: A hard leg that I rushed (from my anxiety sorting out the map flip); route to control weaved through the woods too aimlessly to the thicket
C16: Ran beyond the end of the earth bank, this earth bank was unlike any other one I have seen. It was so broad that form-lines would have made sense.
C17: Beeline to the small building.
C18: Didn't see the double track, realized it after about 30 s running, and after continuing a bit further realized that I didn't know where the break through the electrified fence would be. I looked back, saw a distant fence and didn't see the one going forward so I back tracked. Was seriously irritated by my now realized error. (+2:40) Ran faster through the woods.
C19: Continued to push as hard as I could chasing another runner for this long leg. Split was tied for second out of 25 on this long leg.
C20: overshot a bit (+20s)
C20-21: Simple legs so I continued to push. 7th on the long leg 21 but I could feel myself starting to fade.
C22-C24: Use compass a lot on these and was very happy they worked as well as they did.
C25: Weaved a bit running into the sun but features pulled me back on course. Very well hidden control at the end, lost 30 s even though I was standing quite close to it before second guessing.
C26: Straight to it.
C27: Moved quickly through the first half of the leg. Back into the "evolving vegetation boundaries". This time I lost track of distance and must have been further back from the fence than it seemed. There were three lobes along the edge of the field and I needed the last one. Only problem, I didn't recognize this until the run was over so I eventually ducked to the fence backtracked a very short distance to the gate and then knew I how much I undershot by. (3:30 lost time)
C28, F: straight forward. Send airborne by a small stump.
Hmm, 14:20 lost? It felt better than that (and it was a stellar day in a very nice venue so I am still happy). Nevertheless, I need to put some thought into a dealing with a few of the situations that caused difficulties, particularly early in the course.