Overall pretty poor result really although generally enjoyed it!
More detail to follow...........
OK....after much reflection, time to get "Down and Dirty"! :)
Control Descriptions (on map and loose) TOO SMALL - they squeezed (literally) my 43 controls onto one sheet that just fitted into my description holder, rendering them almost, but not quite, impossible to use "on the run".
Control 11 (code 127) - a really good Sprint leg but...
A) The control was not described correctly - it was in the SE corner of a canopy - Not! the SE corner of a paved area.....
why does this matter?
B) It was mapped incorrectly, the path that you had to approach on carried on round the building / canopy and there was a small hedge running along the E. edge of the canopy which allowed the planner to HIDE the control. The map does not show the path carrying on past the edge of the building / canopy.
C) The control was hidden.
It wasn't only me that had problems - I "lost" 1.36 to the fastest leg time - Andy Monro (2nd) lost 1:35 Paul Gebbett (3rd) lost 1:16 plus other "top" runners lost between 25-45 seconds.
All now totally irrelevant, but I'm interested, none-the-less (!)............
My time is now - 41:54 (they've taken out leg 21-22) - I am now (virtually) ......still 6th!
All the rest of the time losses are my fault, so more interesting from a "what I lost" point of view!
1-2 better in S. then E. due to location of flag, but I'll (sort of) blame those descriptions!
6-7 The "Walkway" leg - I went up, over, and down - hesitantly at first as it wasn't quite how I expected getting up onto the walkway. It shows a single flight of steps up, it actually doubled back on itself and seemed a long way "up" to get onto the walkway. Is it better to go out (ground level) NE, NW along the road, then in SW from the tree - probably, if executed quickly and cleanly - "lost" 20 seconds.
7-8 I went N. - I think S. is better - 13 seconds!
15-16 Didn't recognise the entrance into the college - mapped as a road - was looking for a "conventional" road in - had been "warned" in final details! Ran passed it, thought I'd missed it, doubled-back - "lost" 37 seconds (long leg).
20-21 Overshot flag - didn't see little fence behind rubbish bins! - 21 seconds (long leg)
26-27 Thought I'd got wrong side of the hedge and was in olive (I wasn't) so doubled back then missed gap between hedges to go E. towards control, went round "square" of hedges - "lost" 30 seconds
40-41 - Oh dear - "lost" 1:09 Didn't read feature correctly, looking for tree with "x" on left in small paved area and thought first one I passed wasn't mine - went in on 2nd such feature to a control just off what I thought was an earthbank (my feature) but it didn't quite fit. I also checked the code - about 3 times - it didn't match my code, finally it "clicked" and I ran back to "my" tree/seat/paved area and straight into "my" control. Bad mistake - but I'm not alone! -Pete Jones (5th) 32 seconds, James Crawford (7th) 2:42 (!!!)