We will now have Hoka One One present at the event, with an expert (Martin Driscoll from Sidas UK) to answer any of your questions.
There are now 120 days to go until the race and almost 50 people signed up so far. Plenty more are showing interest in signing up closer to the date, so it looks like it should be a great day out in the East Anglian countryside!
Excited to announce that there will be some interesting scientific study undertaken during the SVP100, in association with the Human Performance Unit from the University of Essex. More information can be found here http://www.svp100.co.uk/scientific-research/
Regarding the question about shoes, if it has been dry leading up to the race you could certainly use road shoes for the route. If there has been a great deal of rain in the weeks leading up to the race, a lightweight offroad / trail shoe could be a better option. There are a number of field crossings on the route and the clay soil can be heavy if it's very wet (as it was much earlier in the year). The route itself is mostly flat, although there are a number of climbs in the latter half that will allow competitors to stretch some different muscles and should be a 'welcome' relief.
Regarding head torch - we are aware that a good number of people will complete the route in daylight hours. However, as a safety precaution we have made this a mandatory piece of equipment (injury or loss of bearings may mean that runners who are normally fast require a light source for the final stages of the race). If runners are confident of completing the route in daylight hours, a small travel torch or lightweight headtorch could be appropriate for emergencies.