GO, sorry I didn't get a chance to reply before you came over to the downs, but as you might have noticed there are plenty of routes to choose from.
I haven't seen a new route map yet. The start has been tweaked to avoid cars but it'll be on one of the tracks that go across the racecourse. The course goes sharply downhill to the bottom of Ebbisham Lane, then up the Lane which changes from muddy track at the bottom to nice smooth tarmac at the top. Bear left at the junction with Hurst Road and left again in Walton-on-the-hill. Along Mere Road past the pond and turn left at the Tadworth traffic lights. Left again into The Avenue and follow the road all the way down to the bottom, where the course takes another left turn into Downs Way Close. Off-road again at the end, into the woods and turn right, then bear left and follow the track until you emerge onto the main bridleway. Turn right and head up the hill, cross the carpark at the end of the bridleway and follow the road round the outside of Tattenham corner. Then turn left to cross the racecourse itself, then follow the road around the inside of the course until you start the second lap.
Disappointed to be missing this one yet again, especially since someone told me what the course was and I realised that I run basically the same course every weekend! It clashed with the GNR the last two years, and just whe I give up doing that as a bad loss, the race moves and it's now the day after the BallBuster Duathlon. Since I'm unlikely to be moving much after that, I shall merely hobble out to cheer on everyone else.
As for the hills, as someone else said, after the first few miles it's pretty benign.
Here's hoping we all stay injury-free - ITB problems over winter are no fun at all with a spring marathon looming.
Training's going well for me too, touch wood. After 75 at Bristol half I have a long, hilly duathlon in November so I'm still mixing in some bike training. I don't know where you guys get the time for 70 mpw, I struggle to get in much more than 40.
Those Kenyan hill things sound interesting. The hill I use for my usual sessions (hard up, jog down) takes 1:30 so seems perfect for a 1:45 more evenly paced effort