Totally agree with you, Bear. I've done it 9 times, but never again. I think the whole H&S thing is over-rated, and it's just being turned into a way of grabbing more and more money for Eastbourne. Lovely course, great food, but there are other events nearer home for me where I can be made to feel more welcome. So bye bye Beachy!
this is the first time I've had an ankle chip (but you're right, there was nothing to say that it was for an ankle, as opposed to a wrist, say). Usually, they come with ties so they fit onto shoe laces - at least then you know where they're supposed to go. Once I had a chip that was embedded in the race number, and didn't need collecting at the end. That really was easy to use, though I don't know how well it would work if it was covered up, as it probably would have been in yesterday's weather.
Nice to see you FB: we also met on my first BHM in 2003, I think, when you and Petal were standing somewhere after the golf course. (If it wasn't you, then it was someone claiming to be you!)
i'd have to carry mine in my hands all the time (never run with backpack, too late to try now). i know they could be very useful on the climb out of the forest,. and after the 3rd CP, on the steps, and on those long slow uphill bits, but i'm worried that if i have them i'd walk even more than i usually do. on the other hand,if they made it easier, i might have more energy for the 7 bitches. In all that mud, it might give me something to hang on to, though!