A nice day out in Bakewell (home of the eponymous Pudding) for round 4 of the 2010/11 Open 5 series. An Open 5 is a 5 hour adventure race with two sets of control points, one to be collected on MTB the other on foot, points for each control and the aim is to get as many points as possible.
Decided to ride first – which is generally the preferred tactic as there are usually more points on offer for the bike (350 vs 250 here) and there are a few more unknowns that can’t be factored in. Did a clockwise loop North of Bakewell then back down through Chatsworth. Slogging up a long soggy grass climb out of Chatsworth I was convinced I’d done the loop the wrong way round, but dropping down the other side back to Bakewell would have been even worse going the other way. Picked up a puncture right at the end of the bike, with about a mile to go including a rough descent riding in on the flat wasn’t an option. And my CO2 adapter exploded when I tried to inflate the tyre. Other than this the only mistake I made on the bike was not to pick up the final 30 point control near to transition, but still amassed 305 point in 2 hrs 45.
This left me with much longer for the run than I had expected! This threw me slightly and I was maybe a bit indecisive, but in the end I managed to get all of the run controls apart from two 10 pointers. Some lovely running along the River Lathwell under clear blue skies. Arrived back at transition with 25 minutes to spare which just gave time for a dash to an extra 20 point control returning with a comfortable 5 minutes to spare.
Ended up with 535 points out of a possible 600, which sounds pretty good on the face of it but it _was_ a soft course, with the winner clearing the whole 600 points in just 4 hrs 20, and many other clearances. A grand day out, it’s great getting to run and ride in places you normally wouldn’t.