I wonder if the uphill side of a wall is generally the better place to run. It might not even be so much a road as much as accumulated leaf litter caught between the hill and the wall over a couple of centuries. That or when farmers were laying out old roads, it made sense to put them uphill of the wall because it was easier to construct (or at least push some dirt around).
Nice race, sounds like there were fun finishes on both sides for 1-2-3.
If I were remotely competitive I would have skipped 1, really tempted out of the start, but didn't want to be dragging along later with no skip left.
The problem with skipping 1 is that then you're relying on being able to out-navigate the rest of the field without a pack. And pack running is just so much faster (except for Tove). Unless of course you're only gunning for the women's win, in which case those faster guys can pull you along, or you have other reasons to not care about winning the overall.
And, who really has time to figure out that 1 is the best skip before leaving the start triangle? Maybe Sharon has those skills.
Peter suggested that I skip early, given the state of my heels. Should have taken his advice!