The one thing I consistently do is always start right at the back, this gives you a massive psychological advantage in that you cannot fail (if you run at my pace which is 60-90% of the whole) to overtake (10-20%) as you progress. It gives a mild physical disadvantage which is negligible in small, runner-based races like todays; and irritating in big coastal races that attract inexperienced runners.
Then had another attempt at the route I failed yesterday. Failed today for different reasons- namely that I found where I went wrong yesterday (eventually- <cough>) and then determined that I had the wrong OS map for the top bit. It goes into Surrey and I had Crawley and Horsham- so I pootled. Above is a plane landing. The flight/landing paths are clearly very much over Ifield and north, as we hardly ever here or see planes here (about 6 or 7 miles south). Next time I will scan the map, highlight the route, and look for my Surrey maps….It is so much fun getting lost though