I also did 4hr 48 my worst ever time. I also found it very difficult after 17 miles, after which time I tried to enjoy the race as I knew I wouldn't get a decent time, agree the wind along the coastline was not nice at times. On the plus side there were lots of drinks station & food, and the view along the coast did allow me to forget about the pain in my legs!
Did Folkesworth last year, you park away from the start then they organise locals to get you to the race, it's a good 2 lap course with a few challening hills, you do need to arrive early but if that's going to put you off just dont do the race.
Registered with a new gp yesterday and receptionist advised about the charge, looking forward to the run, but will think twice before doing a French race again. I'm glad its drizzly today, out for a 15 miler soon.