This was a brilliant event. The beach running was superb, the coast path views stunning. The organising team made everyone feel really welcome. This should become a classic ultra challenge. It probably will not as it is too far from London, which is just as well as I also enjoyed the low key atmosphere.
Yesterday's weather certainly helped, even the marshes looked great in the late afternoon sun. This is definitely a race to do in 2015.
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.