We didn't go up Ben but there was massive huge hill at the end before the descent to the kayak section. I'm sure you know the one I mean. Yes hip flexors were like a knife in each groin for the kayak, that was a longgggg 20 minutes
The weather was perfect! (Actually a bit too hot on day 2)
Not a breath of wind on day 1.
Would be hell if wet underfoot...
I think the run/ trek at the end is the best bit. But that last climb was awful!