SBOC Brown course, Mynnydd Y Garn, 9.8km/200m - don't believe the 200m bit. Planner: Ben Mitchell. OK, this is going to be a tough day at the office.
Bad weather on arrival, so wore cagoule/gloves etc, & Pete Ward (also in cagoule) came back from starting to swap compass but then disappeared. No 1 i was v cautious, but no 2 was just - WHAT??????? I vaguely headed the right way then when i turned the "corner", nothing made sense, and tho i saw the cairn, I failed to locate it on my map despite the line being cut to incorporate it! Lost 6 minutes, IMO. I'm not an orienteer..... one of the hardest controls I've ever attempted. no linear or clear attack point anywhere near the 100s of depressions around it. Out of my depth!
Ben Mali turned up and was also a headless chicken. I found no 3, so back to no 2 I went, then Ben missed 3, then he missed/undershot 4 badly.... still with him at 5, when he woke up & fairly promptly drifted away from me, but i benefited from sight of him at no 6, & no 8 (a lot), & no 9 (where Eoghan Wiles, cagoule now off, also led me in).
Fine on no 11, but huge misjudgement on the "easy" no 12 - 4 mins lost, then small miss on 15 (20m too far right), missed 17 as did a few others including Megan, we all looked right & couldn't see the depression! Dominic walker of DEVON arrived and so I was right behind him & Eoghan now. And cross!
From here, I decided enough was enough & to pretend it was a JK or British relay, and i would win, which, being an obstinate, embittered, somewhat cantankerous old fart , I did, getting fastest run in split as as result. (big wow). plus some fast splits here.
Oh - I "won" no 16 too, but the credit has to go to Eoghan here.
Superb event, brilliant practice, with a pea soup it would have been just outrageous, in fact i'd still be out there now. Hardcore O - the TVOC level B would have taught me nothing.....
Result - Marcus must have been jogging/walking? Pete Ward really good. Ben M could have won, I can personally vouch for that! But good to see Megan at the top! :-) https://sboc.org.uk/results/20190217MyG_WL6results...https://www.strava.com/activities/2156388550https://www.sboc.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#33&cou...