Did this one last year. Have not heard about a new route, but if last year was anything to go by.....the very attractive country sections (about 7 miles) more than made up for the 3 miles of housing estate.
In many respects the housing estate was quite interesting to, because as most people are off that time of year, the support through these sections was good too.
Snow did add to the interest last year, but It was bitterly cold. This race was held mid week last time out (27th), and I'm not so keen if it is going to be on NYE.