Regional Event at Hindleap Warren in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. I ran M21S as I'd had a bit of a large night the night before. I ran a similar course on this map a couple of years ago
After a poor start, I ran well, and finished second, again, out of ten runners in M21S, beating Paul N by a few seconds. The winner was around two minutes faster than me. Looking at all the classes on Course 3, I was 3rd out of 58 finishers - Winner 56:07, 2nd - 56:14, me - 58:13, 4th - 58:14. Results
Although it was sunny and clear, the ground was extremely wet, following last night's vicious storm that only blew out as I was travelling to the event. As the start assistant said, "The streams are raging torrents, and the paths are streams". The pits were flooded too, which made approaching them exciting.
Mistake analysis to follow - Poor to 1, tooled at 10, 13 and 23.
A couple of observations: 24 controls is a lot for a 7.4km course, but I seem to do better on courses which have many short legs - it doesn't feel so much like a cross-country race - so I'm not complaining.
And the 3.5 hours of sleep is not a typo - I at a housewarming the night before, got back to my place at 3am, and then the storm kept me awake until at least 5am. It was a pretty violent storm - I was a little late to the event as trees had come down on the railway track to East Grinstead - the first train of the day had hit a tree. I was on the second train of the day...
I ran with GPS again - if the track is good, I'll post it up. I made more mistakes this time than at Epping so it should be an educational viewing for me.
Some pictures of GPS tracks from today's race.