So to Smallhanger Waste near Plympton, for the fifth round of the Devon and Cornwall Night League. I was feeling rough but this was my last chance to run on this map before I plan the final event as part of the Tamar Triple event on the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. Then the waste from a local tungsten mine will be dumped on this area. So off I went cautious start surprised the gorse that had covered the area on route to number one had gone and was clear and very runnable. Aimed off for #2 picked up ditch and in safely. Now it gets difficult, tick off the path then ditch, boulder come in but drift down on lower path and get confused, hit second path and realise mistake head north and stumble on control 3 before path I intend to relocate to. Out to #4, bounce back to #5, then slow it to #6 but hit it nicely. North to the path to #7 no problems. Long leg to #8, try to keep map contact, but struggle nearer to control, decide to run to distinctive trees or failing that relocate on the road junction, pick up Phil (who must have passed me on the way to #3) on the way who is looking short of control sight. See trees and adjust into control Phil slightly ahead, I take a higher line to #9 than Phil but still to low, but again find control before path. Out to #10 stay high and drop onto it. Back to the path then in clean to #11, before the run into the finish. A really enjoyable event, in a technical area for night O. Looking forward to getting back out there and planning the South West Middle Distance Championships.
This was to be my forth run in four days, so I choose Blue which was 6.2km 200m as oppose to the Brown which was 9.2km 300m!, how glad I was. Really enjoyed the course but made silly errors at #12, #13 and #15 which spoiled my run, probably due to tiredness. As always a great event and it was nice to get back to the famous Kerno tea tent, for a cuppa, chat and catch up.
6.2km 200m - 74min 26secs
|First route in red, second in maroon|
55 minutes 7.8km.
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