Not feeling great to day so surprised to get around as quickly as did. Climb especially hard as very wet and slippery underfoot, decents around 16/17 especially difficult.
Disaster mispunched. Met up with Roger H on the run down to 15 and got a little distracted. Control 16 was obvious and so punched a run on passed another control not far on 30m poss, within touching distance of it. It turned out this was my control, so a bit gutted. My fault so can't blame anyone but myself, lesson learnt move on. Having said all that, there are a lot of positives to take from the event, seem to be moving well over terrain, again need to be more clinical and confident around the control circle and have better plan for longer legs. Next event
So it’s been a year since the infamous events of the Original Mountain Marathon 2008 in Borrowdale. Much was said after the event and it was with great interest competitors waited to see how the event would evolve.
The journey to the event was uneventful no M6 queues, no mammoth drive, just a nice run up to the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. Parking this year was all on hard standing and the event centre made use of the buildings and facilities on site and included the OMM expo, a bar and plush seating area which was enjoyed by everyone. But come 2200, it was time to turn in as we had a 0803 start time and more importantly a 0638 bus to catch. This was the first of the noticeable changes from last year.
So 0545 came and it was time to pack the tent and make for the bus. We had made sandwiches for breakfast for the journey to the start, all of which was made in the dark. After getting off the bus we got ourselves organised before the short walk up to start area, where we had a 40 min wait until our Medium Score start. The dawn was breaking and the first glimpse of the hills was had. The weather seemed good and we were looking forward to getting started.
Then we found good running on north side of the valley up to control BR, until the last 50 metres where we encountered the first of the tussocks. This proved a bad time to try and run and drink out of a cup. We punched and crawled away from the control through the impossible tussocks. The short climb and contour around to CA was hard going and we knew now that the next couple of control where going to be hard work. The choice to AP was around or straight, when the teams near us opted for the straight we follow in there foot steps which gave some relief (not much) from the tussocks. Near the control we found harder ground for a few hundred metres which was some relief. The route to CQ wasn’t as bad as there was a quad track most of the way but still not pleasant. From CQ it was a short section to pick up the track along the edge of Claerwen Reservoir. 1hr 40 min left, with three options on the way, and 9km between us and the finish, not normally an issue but after 4hrs and with packs on it maybe tight. First option DQ 70m steep climb from track for 10 points, no thanks. Going too slowly, next DZ needed 40 mins from the Dam. Got there with 38min left, to close, chose the road option which might allow AG for 10 points if we had 20 mins left, 18 min left at decision point, take a risk? No, make for home play it safe. Got in with 11mins left and 170 points, a lot of what ifs but then, when aren’t there with score events.
There were three tents in the field, so we got ourselves a nice pitch to sit out the 20 hours until our day two start. We were glad that we had packed the bigger tent and that it was dry to pitch it and get sorted. As we started our eatathon, we watched as others weren’t as lucky, pitching tents in heavy rain and strong winds. At around 8 we used a break in the weather to stretch our legs and check the results.
Mark and Steve 109th 170 points
Chris and Graham 117th 220-54=166 points (27 mins late)
Mark and Steve 125th 210 points (42 mins early)
Chris and Graham 96th 398 points
Mark and Steve 115th 380 points
South West Champs
8.5km 410m 2hr 04min 18secs
Now I am not sure why it was a called a Brown course because it wasn’t like any Brown course I have run before. But it was like an M35L course and was tough and with the weather being hot especially in the valley and in amongst the bracken (of which there was plenty). So why compare it with a brown course and not just call it course 2 (which they did as well). I seemed to have the most difficulty in amongst the tors and found interpreting the rocky features a nightmare, losing most of my time on controls 14 and 22. So I was surprised to be around mid way in the results 12th/22. Now I am looking forward to seeing routegadet later this week.
Devon Orienteering Club Harris Relay
19th July 2009
Time : 34:01
so there's the challenge
March update - Well managed the Half Marathon and for good measure they added a bit extra on by sending us the wrong way so 1st March - 13.4miles. Then 2nd March a painful 3 miles. 4th March 2.5miles. 5th March - 8 miles which went really well. 6th March - 4 miles not very pleasant. 9th March 4 miles. Then a break to go to Disney, I took my stuff but after a day in the park I was so knackered...... Anyway 15th March back into it 13 miles felt good apart from the heat......... hope its not going to be too hot!!!!!!
Now that I am a professional athlete…………. Well out of work youth worker, I can spend my days training hard for the marathon! SO today I went out and ran 6.4 km in 36min which is fast for me. Yesterday I got myself lost in the local woods and ended up doing around 8km but took over 70min. I have also set myself the challenge of running the Bideford Half Marathon, partly to get used running an event, but mainly to take the boredom out of training which is proving to be the hardest part of it all. Give me a map any day. I am also looking forward to the Dartmoor Mountain Marathon in June.
Anyway if there is anyone out there who wants to come for a run let me know.
Run around the hoe with Martyn probably our last as Martyn goes away soon and I have left work to (to concentrate on my training - I wish!!!). Anyway we extended the run a little and went out around Coxside as well. Still not getting enough runs during the week, but I guess with time on my hands I will have no excuses.
5th February 2009 - 5miles 8km ran home from work wet again.........
31st January - Night Orienteering out on the moors, pretty wild night 2.5 miles 4.1 km 47mins that does count the distance covered running around in circles??!!
1st February - Nice run out to Yelverton over Roborough Down great views over the moors, hard work against the wind in some of the more exposed bits. 8.1 miles 13.1km 1hr 23:08