In short: Brutal. Legs still aching now. In full: Massive fun, lots of encouragement from runners and spectators. I'm no hill runner and my memories will be of everyone I overtook near the start gradually passing me on the ascents, the last one rubbing it in with a sprint finish downhill towards the end :-) .
Awesome to see the Picnic runners going strong on the course. Was repeatedly passed by what seemed to be a good Munro runner, only to later learn she was on the second lap of the full marathon and would go on to be the first woman home. Respect to you all.
Judging by the time and aches we figured the Munro is worth about 20 miles on the flat. That's my excuse for hitting the wall on the second descent to the stepping stones!
Don't be put off by the entry fee - you get value for it including t-shirt, hat, medal, food & drink and a donation to charity. It's taken 3 days to recover enough to feel like doing it again but I'll be back next year if I can. Date of review: June 23, 2009