Frocker.........it was only tough when I did it because I'd done absolutely no speed training at all and I was wary that I didn't want to be too much slower than the time I had written down on my application. Not sure if this is done every year though!
Congratulations to those lucky enough to get through and commiserations to those that haven't. Like Malcs I also found out late that I was through after having a couple of missed calls.
For those that didn't get through it's definitely worth following the threads of those that do win. I managed to improve all of my PBs this year by following Malcs' thread (apart from marathon, which I'm blaming on a virus!).
Malcs..........all is good thank you very much. Just getting back in to training after a few weeks off. Any plans for Spring yet yourself?
I have entered the Summer (August) version of this and may also do the Winter version too (November). I wouldn't worry too much about trail shoes. It's mainly along the Thames Towpath, which is predominantly hard gravel. There are a few spots where it can get wet, but I would just expect it would mean running around puddles and not through them.
I ran this race in 2012 and even with a small field and a slow time, you don't really feel by yourself. There were both slow and quick people running so I doubt anyone will be left completely alone. Plus because it's an out and back course, you have even more people around running back pass you for the first half at least.