Got to the start bang on time, first three controls good, head feeling good, I found a good route on the long leg for 2. From here it went downhill for the next hour and a bit.
I picked a dreadful route to 4, back out past 2 pretty much and picking a very long route, would have been much quicker to cut across the white and power up through the dark green forest up the hill. No. 5 my plan was to bear right, hit the clearings and then get my control. I did this other than getting my control. This threw my confidence I think and I stopped trying to make proper plans for my routes in favour of roughly running to the right place and then working out where I was. This is 100% the worst way to orienteer here and I should have slapped myself to sense as soon as I realised what I was doing, but I didn't and proceeded to do the whole butterfly legs like this to very limited success. In fairness I've hardly ever orienteered in dense steep woodland like this, and never trained on it - something to work on.
After the butterfly I was going better, felt at home on the Dale Park section of Graythwaite having trained on it a couple of years ago. I then finished by mucking up the penultimate control in front of the photographer, I couldn't work out the map at the time. It was a lovely day and I enjoyed it, probably too much because I was taking myself rock climbing when there were much better alternative routes.
A big bowl of cereal 2 hours before, banana, bread and peanut butter 40 minutes before and a cereal bar after an hour, and another one after 1:35 ish was enough to keep me going and not making me feel sick at any point. Some positives to take and plenty to work on. The first thing is to get my foot sorted (it didn't cause discomfort over the weekend given the uneven terrain and limited time actually running).https://www.loc.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#153&cou...