In short: Best race ever In full: this is truly a magnificant event. The idea of training for and running 10 miles with a 35lb rucksack in hiking boots is impossible to explain to most people but one of the greatest personal challeneges I have undertaken. It's not just about pounding the streets in trainers but putting the uphill miles in fully loaded at a very fast walking pace. A good focussed gym regime helps enormously to build core strength and avoid injury. It's quite humbling to see hundreds of people gathering with rucksacks and boots to voluntarily run 10 miles. There was actually more flat and downhill sections than I had imagined, which made for a much faster race than I had anticipated. A word of warning, don't run downhill, trying to drink, I have the torn hands and knee to prove it. Thanks to all those who helped me up and checked I was OK.