I absolutely agree with wigwam and all the rest that said the same - I like it the way it is. I'm just worried that if more people don't take part it won't be feasible financially. And it's a bit more fun. As far as I know it's pretty unique and I'm sure there are more people who would get satisfaction from getting round.
It's probably the most chatty and laughy race I do; most people say something and the number of crazy laughs along with comments along the lines of we must be crazy to do this are wonderful
i even came up with a name for a summer version (though it fits better for a daylight one)... daydreamer
it seems odd that it doesn't get one mention on the fellrunner offical forum; I would have thought there were plenty of people from that speciality to be interested, but it might not have the right credentials or something
those are clever ideas - the buddy thing might help but it's a big commitment isn't it - to decide well ahead that even if the mood takes you you're not going to go all out, or of course the fear that if you're not as fit as you expect you're going to slow people down. It was interesting that there was so much variation in times between 2011 and 2012, some people much better, some people much worse. I wonder if that was what they expected.
I just hope the numbers don't falter down any more and it becomes impossible to put on, but how do you encourage people to take part without somebody thinking it's a walk in the park and getting hypothermia?
there is a diffuser on the myo to spread the beam. For the sleepwalker I tried both and as before found that having it on spotlight mode worked better for me - you never actually look at the ground at your feet do you? the way the brain works you're instantly memorising for a second what you've just seen and then stepping right. So on a fast downhill i tend to move the beam slightly further ahead. when the mist is down and you can't see more than a few feet i focus it close.
I've not compared other head torches so maybe I'm just poorer than I could be. The alpkit is incredibly cheap for the praise it's getting. I'll have to get one just to see
I don't know what the battery life is like - except that I didn't have fresh batteries on saturday, and it took me more than 4 hours and everything was still fine for walking the dog this evening