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Training Log Archive: DonP

In the 1 days ending May 13, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 29:01 3.9(7:26) 6.28(4:37)
  Running1 10:00 1.0(10:00) 1.61(6:13)
  Total1 39:01 4.9(7:58) 7.89(4:57)

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Saturday May 13, 2017 #

2 PM

Running warm up/down 10:00 [3] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Kalenji Kiprun Trail XT6

Warm up before SOUL at Dunstaffnage.

Orienteering race 29:01 [5] 3.9 mi (7:26 / mi)
shoes: Kalenji Kiprun Trail XT6

SOUL4 at Dunstaffnage.

This should have been a really good race as it was a lovely area for a run, but it was spoiled by very poor map printing. The map was printed at 1:7,500 scale which is far too large a scale for urban orienteering as the paths through the houses were impossible to see. The colours were also wrong as you couldn't see the surfaced (brown) paths against the rough open, the un-surface paths in the woods and rough open were so faint you could hardly see them, but more importantly the ink rubbed off the paper resulting in blank areas where ever the map was folded. Lots of stopping and peering at the map through the magnifier on my compass to try and see what was going on.

I seem to have lost a lot of time between 3 and 4. I did hesitate a bit before the ruined building but nothing I was aware of.

Took the wrong path between 4 and 5 and lost about 20 seconds.

A few other runners cutting through an out of bounds area going to No 7!

Unfortunately I had folded my map across Nos 9, 10 and 11 earlier in the course and when I got to these controls the map was unusable, especially between 10 and 11. I knew that No 11 was on a knoll SE of No 10 but the map was blank between the controls so I headed off in the general direction, found a tarmac path which I couldn't see on the map and followed it. I ran past the control and ended up in the small wood beyond the control, turned back to try and find something on the ground which I could find on the map and blundered on to the control. Lost 1 minute and the race, but I guess it was just an urban race.

Not good at all!

Mrs P fell during her run and her map landed in a marsh resulting in her map being in very poor condition with large blank patches all over it. Not sure how she got round using it!

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