In short: Far better than the old course up to 2014 In full: Not the numbers like Great North Run, but for an old slow coach like me I didn't feel too out of place towards the back. There were still plenty of spectators who stayed on for 3 hour runners.
That said, I shoud have done better on a gloriously sunny day. Next year, I'll be back for another attempt at the hills. Date of review: April 12, 2016