Well that was er, interesting! Looked at the conditions and decided to run singlespeed, as did Jon. If the course was dry it would have been really good, but it wasn't. Start was uphill but not too claggy, then first down section was sketchy, point bike in direction you want to go and hope! 90 degree bend into woods where most of the lap was. A sticky undulating section followed then a short hill were grip just disappeared, this was walked up, more undulations, a little rollable drop, wide track climb that wasn't too bad. More of the sticky stuff that was just about ridable, a short dry
hill then a slippery yet sticky section into another hill, which I walked up
A and B lines next, took the B as I'm a coward
into a very muddy lumpy section onto a wide track. A little further round was a bridge which I saw a few people slide close to the edge but not off it. After the bridge was more mud which very few people rode. The route carried on next to a stream with varying depths and stickyness of mud until exiting the woods for a slog up towards the start. This was hard to walk up let alone ride, when it level out it was only for a short distance with two 90 degree bends then walking up another muddy hill back to the start.
After one lap most bikes were looking like plus sized or fat bikes with riders using whatever they could find to remove the mud that accumulated. The course did start to dry out and in parts a racing line appeared, but there still were sections that walking (or running for the fitter riders) was quicker. In the end I somehow completed 4 laps in 1 hour 47mins, finishing 41st out of 48 in my class. Don't know how far as my computer died halfway round
I am now knackered