these keep hands warm in very cold windy conditions and you can just flip the mitt end back if you need finger dexterity or just to cool the hands a bit. Only downside with these I guess is not waterproof, but I'm sure you could get some kind of waterproof over cover as needed (I've never been in conditions bad enough to saturate these though).
Hi Cragchick. Congratulations for doing as much as you did and sorry you were pulled out in such a manner, seems a little bit over zealous by organisers. They should have got somebody to asses your state first at least. As sure plenty in front were in worse state but allowed on further just by virtue of having started faster.
Sure the experiance will stand you in good stead for TDS as weather unlikely to be worse than that and the time between aid stations at TDS will be nothing in comparison.
Looking at the last few miles, what a geographically strange area, lots of small to 800m+ round hills dotted all over with no real flat anywhere. E.g. compared to most hilly/mountainous areas which have some flattish 'bottom of the dale/valley' or possibly 'plateau' running. No wonder the romans built the wall south of here! Must go do some running up there to see it.