You'll get the record next time. It's easy and horrible to start too hard there, I know that feeling!
They’ve made the course longer at some point I think. It used to go up and down the same way.
Lots of chat post race about that Claire, but believe the fence detour on the way up has been in place for some years now, and used to be on the way down to before the new path! And if anything the re-gravelled path has made it faster now, though the increasing turnout means more dodging on the way down... Interestingly the marsh at the top used to be more of a swim as well, sounded like fun!