Richyla, I started the challenge this week, but due to a few issues with injuries this year I did not get my weekly mileage to where I would have liked. that said I did reach hebden bridge Without too much hassle but twisted my ankle after 15 miles. Didn't cause too much of a concern until I went to put my shoe back on on Sunday morning.I would recommend a recci of the course but perhaps focus on the areas you expect will be in darkness. But as circlip mentions, last year had a few areas of white out so can be serious micro nav. Some areas are easy to go wrong on and have poor signage. Although in the early stages it can be busy I still spent a few hours without seeing a soul. Ian's blogs are very useful and he has completed a couple if times. Chatted with him on Friday and he is happy to advise people. That will help with kit and planning. The people organising and competing are very friendly and a good atmosphere.
Well done circlip. I agree, those guys overtake like a gentle breeze, gentle quiet and no effort at all but with polite, friendly respect for everyone. Totally respect to them. Sadly I retired at cp1 having twisted my ankle coming off bleak low, tried to keep going but just was too slow after that. most difficult race I have ever entered, so many variables and so many very experienced competitors. Hated doing it, love that I did and totally as long respect for anyone on that start line. I will be back next year.