James - 4pm start time in order to avoid the midday 'heat' of the British Summer
Janine - you'll be fine . . . just don't treat it as another hilly half and have any time in mind (as a circa 1:50 half marathoner, I completed the 2011 Munro in 2:56:57!). Do plenty of hill training, pace yourself on the day and have fun!
Hi, Agnes. The Munro is MUCH tougher than the Leith Hill Half (especially the Olympic version you ran last year). As a guide, my PB at the Leith Hill Half is 2 hours 3 minutes . . . I ran (walked/crawled) the Munro in 2011 in 2 hours 57 minutes! The Leith Hill Half is just about runnable over its entire length (I have to walk the last hill up to the tower, and those bloody steps back up to the temple!). Enjoy . . . it's a lovely course.
Khanivore, I would have thought you'd be OK on this one. My flat marathon PB is 4:12:25 and on the 4 occasions that I have run the Leith Hill Half Marathon (which is run over the 1st and 4th quarters of the Greensand) I have comfortably reached the tower within the cut off time (cut off time is actually 73 minutes). That said, I have been pacing myself for that particular race knowing that the 2nd half is (mainly) downhill , whereas I am led to believe that the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the Greensand are the toughest! As long as you approach the race reallistically, appreciating it for what it is (i.e. one of Dr Rob's brutal but magnificent races, and you WILL get completely knackered) you should enjoy it. You've probably already studied these, but here's the link to the Runners World discussion forum for the race http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/ratingsall.asp?en=67538&year=2012&ugn=7952&sp=&v=2