-- was not a success!!
I had done it two times before -- 4 & 5 klm courses in fairly open parks -- of course you have to run/walk much further than 4 & 5 K's to find all check points and complete the course.
But today's course was DIFFICULT!! Set in a huge parklands area - it was actually a small park alongside one huge swampy area in which there were few fully recognizable landmarks - be they natural or man made. But there were MANY narrow paths winding their way through this almost all natural terrain.. primarily you had to be VERY observant of every track you were running on and all the tracks that left the track you were on. Of course, the map is small - and my eyesight is not the best!! But I was doing OK - until I reached the point where I was going from point 8 to point 9. I could not make any sense out of the map -- so had to reverse my course to try to return to my last recognized point -- only I couldn't even back track What is wrong with this map!!!?????
I then realized that a 6 and a 9 are identical when the map is turned upside down -- and I had obviously been attempting to head for point 6 ( again) when I should have been heading for point 9 - no wonder the map wasn't making any sense. BUT -- by this time I was hopelessly lost and not only had no idea where I was but was lost inside a maze of paths and greenery that looked all the same - and there was nowhere I could find with a view that gave me some recognizable feature.
I eventually did find something recognizable -- my wife who was equally lost doing a short 2.2 Klm course!! Anyway - we did finally find our way out - but by this time, we were supposed to be finished and calling our friends to have lunch with them - so we had to abandon all -- I did check 10 out of the 20 checkpoints though ( two were found accidently while we were lost!!) -- got 90 minutes/running walking/scrambling through the bush in, so not all was doom and gloom. I will mark today down as an "Easy " day in my running log.
There is another one on in two weeks -- I wonder if I would look silly taking a magnifying glass along with me???