Kent Night Cup, Trosley Park.
Well another one that didn't quite go to plan. Not a tragedy considering these are midweek events that I consider training rather than serious events, but it starts to slightly annoy that there is a limited amount of positive feedback in terms of results (though results for this are not yet published, it can't be good).
Having never been here before and reading the name of the location (i.e. "Park"), turned up in my usual trail shoes and went to the extent of putting on a long (but thin) running pants. I started to be suspicious when I saw the local contingent at the registration all in agressive O-shoes, O-pants and "heavy armory" gaiters. Suspicion turned slight worry when, at the mass start announcements the planner noted some of the score features (dumbell controls can be taken in that order to earn extra points) with a side note of "since everyone know this terrain so well by now"... So, mental translation: the extra preparedness can't be conicidental. And it wasn't.
I wasn't well prepared for any of these. So, naturally slowed down and got stuck in the undergrowth, slipped going down on hillsides and not getting good traction climbing, it wasn't going to be a fantastic result. Tried to somewhat compensate with picking routes, but in a lot of places it wasn't possible and sometimes I just chose to go direct because how else do I practice keeping a bearing in the forest and in the dark?
What also did not help that I forgot initially to plan according to the instructions - take 100s first, 111 to switch over, 90s second - or vie versa. I planned as "take anything over 100 first, 90s second". So I went to 111 somewhere in the middle of the 100s - I realised it later so got to it again before I switched over to 90s, but a.) it was extra distance and time, b.) this was the route to collect 100s was no longer the optimal order and c.) it may affect the calculation (not sure if they will invalidate all my 100s after 111 or not as the results are not yet published).
I have also made a few actual mistakes, although none catastrophic. I was coping with the climb OK, and ran OK mostly though. Ended up being over time of course.
Update - 8th/38, but 2nd most points with the time deduction. Most points collected of anyone... So, the extra time spent on 111 and getting stuck in undergrowth the few times would have brought it back to 1st...http://www.saxons-oc.org/results-archive/2016/2016...