I appreciate your comments regarding the race and your niggles. You cannot measure Multi-terrain events as Road races using the usual method of a Jones counter on a cycle. The course was set up initially using a mountain bike to get an 8 mile course. Due to the nature of the course we usually have to make slight alterations each year so this would mean remeasuring every time to locate mile markers - a very time consuming operation.
We thought that the tape marking the gap through the hedge was clear that this was the route to take, rather than clambering over a 10 foot mound of earth. This was the route taken on the way out only in reverse.