Devon League event on Hound Tor/Hay Tor. 5.3km blue course.
Potentially a nice event but ruined as typical from Devon. Finished wondering how the hell they used controls sites next to huge unmapped cliffs!
Took paths as much as I could in to 1, going slow over rocks to preserve ankle. Moment I left the paths it was horizontal brambles placed perfectly to catch your feet - tripped over twice being decided there was no way I could run through it. Wanted to go straight to 2 but marsh looked very dodgy so went up and around. Map unclear at 2 - control between two crags but it was not between the only two crags mapped in the circle but was half way up one...
Bit lucky with 5 as saw someone punch from some distance away. Bit off at 7 as map a little deficient. Feature was a boulder in an area mapped as boulder field and not sure it was in right place. Worked out where to go and lost only 30s or so.
Long leg to 8 - went straight through the marsh and came out on the path where I expected. Cut across the rough and ended up at the top of a 10m high cliff with a stream underneath. No mapped cliff between path and stream so assumed I must have gone off the map. Went along and found more cliff and kept going until I realised that this cliff did not end and I would have to go down somepoint. Turns out I was on the map when I hit the cliff - almost exactly in the centre of the circle, just on the wrong side of the feature. Not helped by the control not being put in the right place - based on the mapped bend in the stream it was getting on 100m too far NW, but it felt a lot further. Punched the control, crossed the stream and tried to run through the white on the other side. It was impenetrable and I had to back out and go round.
Then a bit fed up for the rest of the course. Gorse ok into 11, not nice coming out. 11-12 the only runnable bit of course and was entirely into a headwind. Ran straight through the mapped huge bush after 12 as though it wasn't there... Hurdled the gate at 13 as had a sign saying we must not open it or climb over.
Paths unuseable for nav towards the end but found pond with no problem. Then just before 15 got properly tripped by bramble and jarred my neck a bit as I landed. Could see 16 as climbing hill out from 15 - didn't look to be the right place according to map but wasn't wanting to bother interpreting all the black dots - went to it in hope it was correct and it was.
Cannot believe the cliff was not mapped at all at 8 - not even a form line. Duncan and Mark reassuringly in agreement.
Not happy with entry fees either. Flyer said £5, they charged £6 - apparently as a consequence of the new BOF levy. They've known about the new arrangements for some months so how hard could it have been to have put up an updated flyer on the website? Might also need to have some words about them refusing to offer student discount - I'm sure this is something we agreed with SWOA via Erik Peckett two years ago as standard.