Bought the Gower OS map last night. I know the organisers say they will give us a map, but it may not be that good and I want to study the route beforehand as the next best thing to recceing the course. Plus I love maps, so not worrying about the navigation. First thought is that the route looks really interesting. The scenic bits are all in the first half? Then the last third is either road or flat? Sounds boring now, but with 30+ miles in your legs my focus will be getting to the finish as soon and as easily as possible.
I did the Wye 50 last year and thought it was a great race. It was tough though as my first 50. I will be happy if the Gower is easier as I need to build up my experience with the distance. I also loved the point to point and the hills of the Wye 50, but running on the coast is as big an attraction.
I have just got myself a 18 litre Inov8 bag as my previous bag of less than 10 litres was just too small. Particularly for this event as the kit list includes waterproof trousers. I will take all my food (gels, bars and salted peanuts) and use anything provided as extra. Otherwise you can find what is provided does not suit you. I will also use some Saucony light trail/road shoes. Cushioning is more important than grip. I expect there will be some miles of road over the 50.
I am only doing 50 to 60 miles a week training. I think if I did more than 60 miles a week I would get injured. I was exhausted by ultras (mentally & physically) after the Thames Trot in Feb, so will not be turning up overtrained, having done little over 20 miles since. I think what is important is having done some recent long runs and b2b with time on feet rather than miles. I will be doing plenty of run/ walking! I am expecting the coast path to be a lot flatter than the South Coast. I hope I am not disappointed.
Pink bug- I envy your recent long runs that must give you plenty of confidence that you can do the distance and the more confident you are the more you can push yourself to run rather than walk.