Barbara and Jennifer - great minds think alike (or was it because it's the cheapest option!!!) I'm doing the 1 day option and am at Ibis too... in carlisle (not booked the Gateshead hotel yet) but like you Barbara, may pick newcastle instead
Nibley to Bath (about 33 miles) is probably the easiest third in terms of less hills - I did 'the way' in August over 3 1/2 days and that last section was definitely the easiest -though quite a few crop fields etc. (one or two nicely covered in manure), and steep camber along the paths - lots of gates too in this section... after you cross the motorway (M4) there's pratically just one steep hill (up) left.
Thanks Crash Bang Wallop.. I'm sure I'll manage to get lost somehow (often get lost just going on a local 'out and back' route ). Good to know it's well sign posted etc. though I'm guessing I'll be doing a fair bit after dark (probably 3-4 hours or so) so will get a super head torch i think.
Is it easy to navigate the course ? I've only done the Cotswolds Way ultra before (as multistage) which was well signposted (and had a great trail map). Does Race the Wall follow a marked trail route or will I have to learn to read a map?
Ballot and 'charity runners' aren't mutually exclusive either i.e. a lot of ballot runners will also raise money for charity so those you see covered on BBC may well be saying they're running for charity but actually might well have got their place via the ballot. I've worked for a charity for over 15 years so know that a lot of our charity runners will be raising money for us via ballot places they've got rather than the gold bond ones (where they have to raise a lot of money etc..).
I ought to add that I have been in the ballot 5 years in a row and finally got a place for 2013 - I will probably do a justgivng fundraising page for a charity so class myself both as a charity and ballot place runner.