|Hard to believe it's the 1st of November|
I had hoped to detour for a control or two in the last hour but found that I was moving too slowly and was in risk of occurring penalties. As the path improved near to the base I picked up my pace as much as possible.
This final burst of speed is evident on the Strava record. The last few km were on a slight descent, grass and gravel track that offered grip, comfort and visibility.
As a competition performance it was't great but it was a lovely morning of running. In terms of learning:
- it's clear that I need to be more prepared to get muddy
- I must look at routes that are productive for points, I ran 6 km for one poorly scoring control
- 2 electrolyte tablets in 750ml might be correct, I didn't get cramp
- more hill training (up & down) wouldn't go amiss!
The pre-event planning was excellent, the map had great detail and the volunteers at the base helpful and friendly. There was a minor issue with the onsite timing but results are now out after a few hours which is fine. I'd very strongly recommend these events to a trail runner looking to test, or develop, navigation and off-path skills.