As cougie says, Oakleys are brilliant, well worth the money so long as you've got it. However, if not and you're after some alternatives, have a look at Sunwise. I paid about £30 for mine and they have intechangable lenses; great for running and biking and no stability issues.
Ah Sam, I didn't realise it was the Hobble you were doing - I did that too...in my Kanadias as there's a fair bit of hard track / tar running. A grand day out, made better by the hotdogs and whisky!! The real bonus was how dry the ground was, I'd run round some of it a few weeks ago and it was a quagmire!
If your Fellrunners are OK for 25 I'd wear them, terrain dependant. I haven't got a pair of those (tried a pair and they felt dammed comfy), but would happily do that sort of distance in my Speedcrosses, even on mixed terrain. The only possible issue is that if there's a lot of hard packed running, the studs will wear down (but i never feel the studs).
Coupled with my Kanadias, the Speedcrosses are possibly the most comfortable thing I've run long distances in.
It's a shame you didn't enjoy it Claire; I didn't do it but it did look like a nice course. To be fair it doesn't say anywhere that the roads will be closed, in fact quite the opposite. It does specify that the roads will be open, albeit it also says they're quiet, which they tend not to be on summer Sundays with people out for motorbike rides etc.
The profile on the course is available to look at on the website, & you make your decision to enter based on that - it's certainly not as hilly as, say, the Langdale marathon, which incidentally I enjoyed immensly because of, not despite, the killer hills. So it's each to their own really.
I'm not having a go at you, but it maybe a case of you assuming that the race was flat because it's Lancaster (& maybe having run the Trimpell 20) rather than reading about the course?
Hilly marathons are great, they stop you getting bored
You should've entered another race NES, it's the 3 peaks fell race this weekend, hope my legs have recovered by then Although, maybe I haven't thought this through.....I'm gonna be well pissed off next Monday morning!