No problem DM. I might see you there - I'll look out for the runner with big ears and an eye patch. You might not recognise me as I've lost weight since that photo was taken and I've changed my glasses.
Extreme Muzzy - I like your photo, we should run together. I have to pick my daughter up from Bloodstock Rock Festival on 19th August so I'm thinking of doing this 30k while I'm in the area. Recommended?
I did it last year. I took a map but only needed it once, as the signs were very good, and even then I found the next marker about 100m down the road. Drinks stations OK but I also wore a drinks belt so that I could carry extra water and a couple of energy bars. Beautiful race, I really enjoyed it. My Garmin measured it at 27.5 miles. If you're not used to long off-road runs I recommend that you vaseline your feet as they tend to rub in different places compared to flat runs. There's quite a lot of climb, I would add 30 minutes to your marathon time to get an estimated finish time. Loved the low-key start - "off you go then" - keep left for the marathon. Enjoy!
Well done Crowie - but you've go to come up with a better user name - it's obvious who you are. I was hoping to get a V40 prize but was "robbed" by a trio of Wilmslow runners - I'd forgotten it was the Cheshire Champs - now I understand why they all turned up.
Nice to see another hamster on the forum. Unfortunately I'm not running it this year but this is one of my favourite events. I'm very envious of you all. No, not as tough as a marathon but the return section along the slope is hard. Vaseline your feet and do your laces tight as the unusual sideways motion is likely to rub and give you blisters. Add 25% to your half-marathon time as an estimate, ie you need to be able to do a flat half marathon in under 1.25 to have a chance of beating the train. Don't forget to go for a locally made honey ice cream afterwards - it's compulsory. Good luck everybody.