Great Brook Farm, Red M35, 8.2 km, 210 m, 4th. I got an email yesterday saying that the prerunner on Red was ill, and asking if I'd be willing to start at 8 AM. Hell yeah, given the sweltering forecast. The whole meet administration was a bit of a shambles, so we didn't actually start quite at 8 (I helped a bit to sort things out), then off I went.
This was basically a long Orange course, which is about all you can do with this map. Although billed as 8.2 km, which is kind of on the long side as Red courses go these days, I measure it by the shortest route not crossing uncrossable water or out-of-bounds areas as 8.63 km. I failed to punch my watch at #5, but caught up when I double-punched it at the #15 water stop, then I also apparently failed to stop it at the finish. No big mistakes, but I did a little extra distance when exiting to the road from #5, and wasted time trying to go through the woods on the way to #7 when I should have just gone out to the road. Some hesitation on #15 in a hard-to-read detailed area, and a complete overshoot on #21. By the end it was getting pretty warm and I was fading (did a lot of walking when I wasn't on a trail), and I did a pretty solid brain fade on the last control, just standing still and trying to make sense of the details to figure out which way to turn.
I was thinking when I was out there that the meet crew wouldn't have their act together enough to put out the finish punches, but then I reasoned that a prerunner on another course would probably be back sooner. Sure enough, that's what happened to the Brown runners, no punch when they arrived. Then download was kind of a mess because people had to go there before starting as well, so I wandered back to the car, changed my clothes, and downloaded later. As far as I'm aware, they didn't run out of maps, so that's good.resultssplits