It can dry out so quickly up there though, between last Thursday and the previous one it was noticeably drier on the way up to the Mast. The part at the end of the Roman Road after you have crossed the road, is always boggy. A week before of dry weather will see the course dry I reckon.
LOL, been out on the course last week Phil and going doing the same 20 mile loop again next week, same as SloanRanger above, all but White Coppice loop. THAT hill wasn't any easier and it wasn't half as windy as on THAT day last year. Resigning myself to 30 minute miles and eating my sweets on that section I think. The grass was very slippy underfoot which made it difficult at times going up. There's some interesting mud about at the moment, the part past Rivi School is particulary bogged up at the moment
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.