I did n't do this last year, but me and the missus had a walk round the 14 mile circuit on Saturday.
We used the detailed route discription found on the Alan Greenwood website and found this to be very good and did nt really have to consult our map.
However if i was running by myself i think i would ve found it difficult as it would be easy to miss some paths.(and im rubbish at navigating!!) It also looks as though there will be 300 people doing this so there should be people around on most of the route?
Its a bit of a sweat blurred memory from last year JP, but after u get off the main track and start the climb its quite steep, its definitely do-able. Its a good race i rekon! It was one of the first fell races i tried last year.