I've done road races and it is the done thing to drop your bottle (safely) at the side of the road or in any bins provided. However, in countryside like this I wouldn't dream of dropping any litter, its just doesn't feel right. At a couple of the feed stations the marshals told me to drop the empty gel packets on the floor but I put them in the bags provided, no hardship. It was a little sad to see gel packets a couple of hundred metres away from the stations - no doubt someone had to walk beyond those stations afterwards to collect the litter, I don't think their job needed making harder than it already was on the day. I think for the majority of us the gel was ingested either at the feed station or we were suitably togged up that to put it in a bag or pocket we had on us would not be a great problem.
It was a great race Phil, lovely organisation and nice challenging course.
have you been to see the mast from the bottom of the hill Norfolk boy? guessing you don't see much of that in Norfolk? don't forget to look down when at the top, awesome scenery you don't want to miss.
Running for possibly 6 hours in the rain really doesn't appeal but the forecast today hasn't turned out to be correct yet and only had light drizzle. I did the White Coppice loop and a bit yesterday and it was pleasantly dry under foot. The notorious mud bath of the mile or so up to White Coppice was one hundred times better than the other week when we were there. Looking at wind speeds for Sunday though I would say it will be bitter at the top of Winter Hill (always windy on a non windy day in civilisation), don't forget your gloves and hats.
Wona I did 24 over the course last week and yes I would say road shoes fine, there is a fair bit of hard packed trail, neat grass! And Tarmac road BUT there is very stony ground for a good stretch but thats testing in any shoes. There are a couple of parts which are still a little wet but the weather has been kind these last few weeks and compared to the calf deep sludge and snow we have trained in I found the course conditions extremely pleasant.
David, the markings you saw are from the recent run done about a month ago, i have no doubt come race day the markings will be fine. I am hoping this will be a pretty sociable run, certainly at the pace I will run it, and I don't think anyone will see people out on a limb.