but, with one eye on my overall rankings in the Hayfield Race Series (we all need a dream), and buoyed by a few runs home from work in the preceding weeks, I decided to throw my hat in the ring for this one.
The (circa) 12 mile KT is an orienteering event, with staggered start times and a map, showing all the checkpoints, given to you 2 minutes before you start.
|the view from K3|
lessons learnt? Mrs theoptimisticrunner had kindly bought me some leggings the week before - these were much better than the tracksters I had worn at Lamb's Longer Leg (sorry Ron). I learnt lots about Kinder Scout and Hayfield, and would now have the confidence to take a quicker clockwise route round the course. Coming down too high at Kinder Downfall cost me around 15 minutes (won't be doing that again) and there was a quicker route up to my chosen first checkpoint than the one i took on the day.
I had a great time doing this one and hope to do it again in future.
next up, hopefully, is the Lactic Acid Test near Stalybridge in February.