In full: My first organised organised event. The first 3km were slow. It was single file and slow because I started fairly far back. I ran with friends and we wanted to have as pleasant an experience as possible and happily ran easily and walked up the steep hills.
It was about 90% offroad - fields, tracks, paths through trees. Some were quite stony which bashed my feet up a bit. That made the road sections a welcome relief.
My Garmin 910 says I did 889m of climbing. There were certainly lots of hills, with 2 being rather awesome (ie. dreadful/scary). Stunning views from the ridge at the top of the second one.
Fairly cool start - 6C or so, but once moving we didn't notice. The sun came out mid morning and made for a lovely day.
The feed stations had quite a selection - water, squash, bananas, jelly babies, jelly beans, tortilla chips, cake bars, chinese snacks, fruit and nut mix, jaffa cakes, plus other stuff I didn't have.
There must have been 30 or so marshalls out on the course to guide us and help minimize the risk from traffic. Very well organised. There were also signs to direct us, and lines of flour. It would be quite hard to go wrong.
For £16 (unaffiliated), the value was fantastic. I had hot chocolate before starting, safety pins and number were given on the day, black bag to stash your stuff, 3 well-stocked feed statations, loads of marshalls and signs. When we finished we got a creme egg, a technical T-shirt, a "school dinners" meal of sausage, chips and beans with rice pudding and jam and fruit for desert. I had another hot chocolate. They also had tea, coffee, squash and cola.
Overall a truly excellent event. Date of review: April 26, 2014