Thanks for the course review Seren; that's certainly not one I fancy. There Llanwono HM route is great though - all trail. It was my anniversary anyway so couldn't do it; although I did take Thursday off to do the Taith Torfaen route. It's a brilliant route, if not a bit brutal!
Round 1 was pretty cheeky. Ground conditions to CP1 had me really questioning my footwear choice (real bad decision to wear worn trailroc's), thankfully it got slightly better. We all got a bit buffeted by the wind which was relentless on the Waun Fach ridgeway and then a heap more clag to the finish. A great day out on the welsh hills, the adversity in wicked conditions certainly amplify the achievement.