In short: Fabulous challenge leaves you exhausted and euphoric! In full: Not for the faint hearted! But a really well organised magnificent challenge.
Self navigating, and its not always easy, so be prepared for more than 56 miles - you'll make a few mistakes. And recce what you can (I couldn't recce it and came a bit unstuck at Edenbridge golf course and in Jules wood near CP3 but managed the rest ok).
Plenty of water at the checkpoints even for one of the last finishers like me, as well as bananas, biscuits and salty baked potatoes. And muffins and squash from the family whose garden we were being allowed to cut through!
Its not a cheap event, but its quite a small event (200 runners entered I think), the coated map book was robust, and the organisation and check points perfect so I felt it was worth every penny.
Do I want to do it again? Definately. Can I persuade my legs to go through it again? Lets see...
In short: Fantastic crowds&atmosphere;Very well organised with lots of support for beginerss In full: This is a lovely event - big enough to get lots of support but without runners getting in each others way.
Course is pretty flat too, with long stretches along the coast and finishing near the pier. Grim section around 20-23 miles tests your resolve, but then the final section along the esplanade is a joy.
Plenty of water stations, and there needed to be - this year was so hot at the end it was into the sea for a dip. In April !!