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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Reiver - Glen Dye isn't a tough forest - some parts are but large sections of it are lovely... ;-)
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 :-)
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
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.
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...
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.