ditto to all that ruth said.
also, a big no-no in competing is to NOT try something new when youre sitting there competing.
if you want to try something new, practise it a few times before hand.
same with your model, if poss, pick someone with undamaged nail plates, & have a practise run at least once.
some peoples "c" curves are slightly twisted, & you don't need to find that out on the day!
if you get yourself organised quickly enough, you've got 2 comps to look forward to.
excell is on sun. 5th (i think!) september, then manchester is around 11th oct(again, check the exact date).
if you compete at excell, you will b able to examine your score sheet b4 entering at manchester.
good luck, u won't reget it