The Kinder Trial is low key orienteering type of race requiring competitors to visit all 12 checkpoints in any order before finishing at the start. The route is typically 11 miles with about 2000 feet of climbing, in you don’t get lost. The 2010 KT was my first and I enjoyed it so much – the race, the terrain and the fantastic atmosphere – that I vowed to come back again and again.
The year the clouds were low at the start and I gambled on them lifting and so chose to go round anti-clockwise and, being very lucky, the clouds did lift and the last few controls were easier to find than they would have been three hours earlier. The Scout Hut in Hayfield which is the start and finish is simply buzzing with excitement and anticipation as the first runners get ready to leave – all part of the great atmosphere.
I had a good run, improving my place and time from last year (although that wouldn’t actually have been awfully difficult) and the results are here. Huge thanks are due to Andy and his team of helpers – this really is a great day out and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
A Google Earth version of my own route is here