Great weather and lovely scenery. Shoddy map coupled with terrible navigating. Fairly decent running, despite the conditions underfoot (brashings, brambles etc)
Stupidly crashed across the wide green screen on the way to 1 rather than sticking to the path. It was impossible to run, should have been a tight screen at least. Went too far down the hill on the fence to 2, rather than along the veg boundary. On the way up to 3 there was another unmapped hide that was bigger than the control feature. I was where I thought I was, but seeing a hide and aiming for the only one mapped in the vicinity I had to check it out. Wrong, and a loss of time and elevation. 4, although I'd aimed off correctly, I got confused when I hit the fence and went the wrong way (I must have been just before the crossing). 5 I tried to drop down to it from a track bend, which was mapped much more distinctly than it was on the ground. Buggered it right royally for 3:30. So by 5 I was down by about 7:30 already.
Clean to 6, ok to 7, clean to 8, 9, 10. 11 I think the mapper just decided it was all a bit too difficult and just gave up. Missed a minute trying to guess. 12 there was another missing feature same as the control feature preceding it by 100m or so. Lost another minute.
13, 14 (although I tried to run past it), 15, 16, 17, 18 all fine. 19 a bit wide left. 20, 21 ok. Got a bit confused at 22 by which patch of fight I was running past, lost another minute. 23, 24, 25 all fine.
All in all 11 minutes of mistakes at least. Surprised to find I got 1218 ranking points. I don't think this run deserved that.
Park Race 1, Wandle Park. Not a bad run, but a bit loose in places. Big hesitation working out 7, 20s, looked early for 12, 10s, wrong side of the fence 13, 20s, wrong way around to 18, 10s, slow to 20, 5s, missed the track down to 21, 10s, indecisive and then looked early for 24, 10s
8th place I think, so solid start to the series. Not too worse for wear.