I know it's kinda cool to get the mandatory kit ticked off and To make it weigh as little as possible, but the dorky side of me feels compelled to say the list is there for a reason, and it's worth packing stuff that really works, as hours on end wet and chilled to the bone is potentially worse than a few extra pounds in weight. Okay, sorry, dorky bit done.
Cheers Dill, when you say proper recovery between races, do you think the fact that my first child is due in June might affect that? I'm definitely going to approach them as you suggest. I aim to go into the first one just fit enough, but not peaked, and then treat each one as a training run for the next.
I change my mind about shoes constantly, but I wear trail shoes whenever possible.
I've had to buy some road shoes, as the path has been flooded and inaccessible for so long. It has added a few extra miles to my run commute though, so I guess that will aid the training. My legs feel much more sore due to all the tarmac though, it really isn't natural.