Running 23:57  5.66 km (4:14 / km) +225m 3:32 / km
IMRA Scalp - 3rd
Arrived too late to enter, but had my number anyway so gave it a run.
Not an outrageous start, so held on up the hill, moved up on the descent, didn’t want to end up first, so settled in 2nd. Passed on the next few up / flat-ish sections and settled at the back of the front pack of 5.
On the climb up carrickgolligan the front 3 broke off, and near the end of it I got away from the other lad. Coming down onto the track I could see the others not far ahead, and had built a little gap, so started chasing 3rd.
Coming down the track to barnaslingan I was closing, and was on 3rds shoulder by the time we started moving back uphill. Front 2 had a good 30s, but I could tell I had momentum so I tried to work up to barnaslingan top. Took a brief fall which stunted momentum but I just kept the lead with him on my shoulder.
Needed to make the final descent count, so went hard, and in the forest stuff I was able to get ahold gap. Climbing back to the finish I could tell I was comfy after a little while so settled down and enjoyed it.
Oh my calves are wrecked after all that rushed road climb with the bag, to the start. Really dying on the descent and once finished.
Really enjoyed the race, haven’t battled head-to-head with someone in a hill race, maybe ever.
Running 12:23  1.34 km (9:14 / km) +60m 7:33 / km
Not perfect weigh-in conditions, so satisfied here.