NGOC's first time in the "Cup" final - at Virtuous Lady. 9.9km Brown.
Expected it to be spending a lot of time fighting on impossible slopes and turns out I was right. Not my idea of fun - enjoyed the fell relays much much more.
First 2/3 navigation was trivial but getting to controls was not and lost many minutes on the slopes. Particularly area around 4/5 where it seems that all courses from blue onwards visited so I where 400 or so had already run and there was nothing to grip onto. Lots of others really struggling too.
Good news at least is that the ankle got most of the way from start to 12 without twisting but it wasn't to last and hurt a lot for a while.
Last part of the course was more a case of trying to read the map where it's all just lines. Combination of tiredness, and the problems I have with seeing sharp contrasts meant I couldn't really see it at all and lost time on 16 and 18, and then again on 22 as just didn't really get the map matching the ground went to the nearest control to relocate.
Some OK splits but really not my terrain. Club did reasonably well to finish 6th - there was an outside chance we could have got 5th had things gone our way but seems DVO did better than I had expected. Has got us noticed a bit.