I always try and plan a race in December to try and stop me spending the entire month eating and drinking. This year its MK half this weekend. A little earlier than i would like as it means drinking and eating starts on Sunday night. Must try and be restrained!
I did it last year and I ran in regular trainers as i dont own anything else. I found the muddy bit very hard going but i guess that it wouldnt be much better in trail shoes? Despite being flat, i found the course pretty hard going and i was about 20 mins slower than i was expecting. The wind was tough at the end and the hail storms were 'character building'. I would have plenty of removable items such as arm warmers, head band, gloves as i imagine the wind and temperature can feel quite different at different parts of the course. Overall though, it was really well organised and i am glad I did it. Everyone was very friendly and it had a nice xmassy atmosphere.