Running 1:22:05  13.78 km (5:57 / km) +646m 4:50 / km
IMRA Leinster Champs - 4th
A weird start running downhill, but kept it fairly relaxed and started moving a bit more up the hill towards the first control. Was going alright early, but had to breakout the power-walk earlier than ideal and Conor got a gap in front and Adrian put a little bit into me for 2nd.
Going back down along the ridge I caught Adrian before we started climbing and passed him after the first rise or so. Was feeling pretty good along here so started to work and try pull back a little of Conor's rather large gap.
Started feeling a little heavy going up Mullach and the summit to CP2 and a few of the guys got back to me with Adrian & Bernard going by and openeing a small bit before the summit.
I went to take the ride route to CP3 but got advised by Don on my way down that I shouldn't, so followed the tracks back to the main route and was in between Adrian & Bernard.
This was quite a bit of fireroad and Adrian was slowly pulling away while I could see Conor about 2mins up the road.
I was a bit separated and didn't get to follow Adrian's line into CP3 and faffed a little round the back losing some time before finding it, and then came out too low and had to climb up the Wicklow Way back before the descent. When I got on the descent I saw Bernard, and John & Peter Bell had all passed me and gotten a gap.
Worked hard enough up the road and got back within touching distance. Didn't gain much on the rougher climb up towards the control, but once we hit the trail up there I pulled back to John and then followed his shortcut into CP5 to have the 4 of us grouped together leaving the last control.
I went left for the ride behind Bernard & Peter, while John went straighter. We got some alright lines but as we came into the open John had 50m on us. I got passed the other 2, and started closing on John over the last bit of descent but it wasn't enough and I came back in 4th as the other 2 went on roguer routes in search of a better line.
A lovely route, all in all enjoyed it a lot. Legs feeling pretty tired and would not have been close to Conor's 76 without mistakes, very solid running. Probably time to rest up a bit before the Mourne's now, hopefully enough time to squeeze one more session in.