I'll be there. Please give me a good talking to at Bridge 99 ... i'll probably be wanting to sit down for too long.
I use a Forerunner 101. Cheapest Garmin but uses 2x AAA batteries you can keep changing. It has been known to act a little bizarrely though. Clocked me at over 100mph for a short stretch near the start of the GUCR one year. I know I tend to go off too fast but...
Some of the oldest off-road Ultras were initially Scouting only 'challenge' events. The 4 Inns for instance is now well into its 50's and the Fellsman was 50 this year.
In the 60's the 4 Inns was nearly stopped because of fatailities on the moors and then Foot & Mouth but more recently these races almost died off from lack of interest within Scouting. Since they were opened up to non-scouting entrants both have seen a strong revival.
I've never been able to find much in the way of support either. It was a while ago but i've done the WHW twice by committing to run with a mate throughout as each others running support and with my wfe being road support for both of us ... She's long lost interest in doing that sort of thing now though!