Running 1:26:57  15.88 km (5:29 / km) +866m 4:18 / km
The oul classic powerscourt ridge.
Knew training had gone well the last year, have been climbing a bit better, so was fairly confident I could do damage to previous best or at least give it a good run out.
Was a surprise when they said 2nd turn off the Maulin ride in pre-race instructions, but still didn’t believe it until I saw the tapes.
Had started a little conservatively up to Maulin ride, but was climbing reasonably well once on the ride and ran the whole thing. The new route went round the back of Maulin and up a steep climb there, so undoubtedly added a hit or time to the old route. Checking splits I was about a minute slower at the top, but had been 30sec up and strong from the ride.
Conditions were very sloppy and somewhat river-like on the way down and I was slow on The final bit down to the Dargle (18s slower than 2 years ago).
Good solid climb up to Djouce, passed by 2 but kept them in close, and Haynesy didn’t get me, who I had passed early on the Maulin descent. Cold conditions in the rain at top, but set off chasing the 2 boys. Was surprised not to at least be able to see them by the Dargle again, but apparently they’d gone the wrong way and missed the WW turn and went onto balinastoe.
Really slippery conditions so ran through the heather instead off the grass down to the Dargle and another 40s slower from Djouce to Dargle than 2 years ago.
So ended up just racing myself and the clock back. Tried to push on, and solid effort, though slightly slower than when racing people previously.
Overall can’t complain, probably climbing about 3mins quicker, and about a minute slower descending, I’m optimistic I can blame that on the very wet conditions.
Good work all round with Mark & Conor going 1-2 and just a generally good crowd of orienteers.
Nice lunch in enniskerry after.