I did it last year and yes I found it hilly. Someone said that they thought it was easier than Salisbury though and I'd flown around that course and got a PB so I wondered if I was just unfit when I ran Tadley! But I'd concur with Nic that the second half was almost continuously uphill. Every time I turned a corner there seemed to be another hill. However, I will do it again as I loved the memento, but couldn't get there this year.
I also agree about the Mortimer medal. Reading RR sorted out a lovely medal for Shinfield this year so why not Mortimer?
I agree RicF. I totally agree that we can all get better with practice, but the level that we can reach will be totally dependent on genetics, not just in terms of talent but also if your body can stand the pounding. Some people get injured a lot, others hardly ever pick up injuries. Some of that will be down to being sensible and resting niggles etc but some people are just more resilient. Lots of people say on here "you can get a GFA if you train hard enough" - that just isn't true. And I could train as hard as I like but I'd never reach the level of Jo Pavey or Emma Stepto (similar ages to me).