WHAT A FANTASTIC RACE! This will sound a bit odd but...
This race destroyed me. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. The road section was fine. Infact, my aim of 1:55 was well in sight. However, a hot sunny day took its toll on me. I took in as much water as I could but the precarious nature of the forrest path, meant my concentration and rythmn were all over the place. At ten miles I had a good long drink. Looking across at a never ending "mountain" of grass. I set off and I wasnt disappoint with its toughness. Steep, boggy and unrelenting, It was about a mile of ascent! When i crossed the line i had nothing left and I was 20 mins outside my target.
But... thats when i realised how much i'd enjoyed it! take my advise. Stop messing about with 50000 other runners on just roads and challenge yourself. I'll still do a couple of road races this year but when this opens in November...my name will be first on the sheet.
Awesome people, marshals, markers. Just make sure you take your own drinks at the water staion arent frequent enough!