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Discussion: Too tough

in: BrandNewMe; BrandNewMe > 2022-05-15

May 15, 2022 10:16 PM # 
So you run up 3 courses then complain it’s too tough!
My course was a bit too easy as it was short.
Short Blue (The W45 course) was won by an OAP in 31.25.
I enjoyed the area and would go back tomorrow.
May 16, 2022 5:13 AM # 
It hard to know what to run, but short blue for w45 is NOT the answer - what a joke! I had to start running up again when I realised that most of my courses didn’t require a long descriptions holder anymore - how depressing! I am enjoying gettiNg my confidence back on the longer courses after an autumn of full on nursery bugs, but yesterday could have been much more pleasantwith 2 laps of the runnable bit.
May 16, 2022 8:39 AM # 
"not one to swear"
May 16, 2022 8:42 AM # 
Short Brown was the goldilocks course today. Just enough nasty/technical to be interesting, little enough nice/easy not to be boring. I just need to remember where the nice bits are next time.
May 16, 2022 9:32 AM # 
TBF I suspect the black might have had slightly less in the shite than the brown. They didn’t have killer leg 10-11. Uphill, staggering around, clinging on to waist deep heather.
May 16, 2022 9:45 AM # 
Looking at Routegadget the Brown course had the biggest % in the tough stuff with the Short Blue barely getting into it. If course lengths are set as a % of Black it just doesn't work in a varied area like Loch Ordie.
4.7k in the open for me yesterday - 8.3k in a tough forest for the Scottish (I think I might be complaining that it's too tough at that one).
May 16, 2022 10:05 AM # 
I’d like to think that John Tullie might have got better value for money if short blue had been entirely in the heather, but knowing John that’s not a certainly. He’d have loved it!
May 16, 2022 10:21 AM # 
Big Jon:
Reiver - Glen Dye isn't a tough forest - some parts are but large sections of it are lovely... ;-)
May 16, 2022 10:33 AM # 
I agree that this area has had its day - we should all buy it, mow the heather and replant a natural forest. It wouldn't be anything we could enjoy in our lifetime but no-one else would have to suffer waist high heather again :-)
May 16, 2022 11:31 AM # 
forest grump:
You'll be advocating muirburn soon..sod the environment, lets just burn the heather so it's easier for Oing. I suppose those of us with long legs generally don't mind the heather
May 16, 2022 12:01 PM # 
The shape of the ridges are just like Craig a Barnes. It would be really nice if forested. Although I think that with most open areas. We just need a business to want to work on their Corporate Social Responsibility / carbon footprint.
May 16, 2022 12:11 PM # 
Craig a Barnes would be nice if it were forested ;-)

Looking forward to some proper tough Scottish forest in a couple of weeks. The course lengths suggest a decent challenge...
May 16, 2022 1:29 PM # 
Definitely looking forward to Glen Dye. I haven’t been there much but the map looks excellent doesn’t it?

And I don’t want to detract from last weekends planning. Just for future reference I don’t think anyone can enjoy that heather.

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