It is a bit muddy in places and potentially wet - depends on weather obs! The good thing about it is you can basically take all your shoes and use as required! I used trail shoes when I did it and stuck to them but there hadn't been too much rain
Haven't been on in a while so I'm back to being a wannabe Personal stuff and injury second half last year, was starting back this year when I managed to partially sever my big toe. Back to it now and just managed a 10mile race - first one of the year
I only mean boring in the sense that it is the same scenery over and over. A big part of the reason I do races is to go and explore different parts of the country. We have a lot of great places in this country and it's too easy to stick to local and same places.
I'm doing Hope24 next year for second time. I don't really like loops as I find it a bit boring and tough to keep going through the finish. Mostly as when I'm getting tired I just want to run not keep getting cheered every hour or so and told I'm doing well! I know, grumpy old git - but it's just down the road from me so I use it as training.
All good advice above, plus is not having to carry a lot and you can take everything you think you may possibly need. Def hat, gloves - easy to carry and can make a huge difference. Practice at night with head torch and I also practice walking/power hiking as most people walk - a lot of people walk the whole night stretch.
Get recovered and then follow your planned taper - 3 weeks out your main aim is to get to the start line healthy. You don't need the mental confidence boost and doing a long run 2 weeks out you won't see the benefit of that in endurance terms before the marathon. You've got some long runs in and having done one before you know what to expect - might not hit your target time but that depends what that was anyway. Good luck!