Had to retire due to hypothermia. Not a fun day.
58 entrants; 10 finishers. Other people struggled too! Kudos to the 10 that finished. http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2017/LDMTA/sta...
Turns out the race was actually cancelled, but I never found out about this since I got to the last marshalled checkpoint before they made the decision. And I had a reasonably late start, so I must've been doing ok!
...until I started falling over (more than usual), uncontrollably shivering, being unable to talk, confusion causing terrible decisions (did an extra 300m of climb up Great Gable totally unnecessarily). I was unprepared for the strength of the wind (which was mental) coupled with the driving rain. I have purchased more clothes so this won't happen again! Used to MMs where you have a tent and warm clothes with you at all times. I was genuinely scared for my life today, since I wasn't on any reasonable route, it was very poor vis, and there's no way a helicopter could've flown in that wind.
My route choice decisions before that point were good. My navigation was pretty good too other than mistaking a tarn for a marsh and making my usual error of ignoring all other information about the terrain. In fairness to me, the unmapped wall added to the confusion somewhat. relocated ok, though.
Took at least 90 minutes to get back from the point at which I decided to retire. The first bit of that, trying to climb down the slippery vertiginous rocks of Great Gable in the wind and with reduced coordination, was not fun. Once it got grassy and below the cloud and I knew I wasn't actually going to die, it was okay.
Lessons learnt. Character building.