spen - Is tough and I bet pretty boggy around back of skiddaw/blencathra. Hope you can get the tachy under control.
Oh dear Moks, but aside from that good stuff.
I also had a wind-blasted experience, out on Monday doing the ~40m Chalkland Way N and E Yorkshire. Great when the wind was behind, but start point and shape of course meant plenty of running straight into the wind from Storm BobsYourUncle in the second half whether run clockwise or anti-. Thus I have a few aches from doing that in 8 hrs. Mostly good fun though on a varied 40.7m with 4100ft+ asc/desc.
T Rex / Nick - I'd forgotten the map, that was good and as useful as a map can be, per T Rex though map can't help with all the micro detail in pathless areas.
Wouldn't want to put anybody off, was a good event and great route. Nice day out in the hills. Just need to keep focus on nav and maybe pre-note the map the right routes off summit tops etc... (e.g. what in line of site when using correct route). I wouldn't say it would challenge you Nick as know your good on nav and preparedness.
Weather here is also super, we don't usually get the extremes of the mountain areas of UK or slight-extremes of west, less wind and rain and the paths are usually muddy at worst this time of year, no damaging floods. We often get a cool wind off the river in Hull stabilising the temp and conditions moreso than most of the places in our maritime climate effected Island. After years of running I don't go along with the negative image of the general populous that we have of it always raining in blighty. Currently sunny, slight cloud, normal breeze - this along with more overcast, maybe showers and breezy days is more common than heavy rain in my book. Its a bit more likely to be moodier and rainier in the Wolds (as these often soak up the showers coming towards Hull), but still we rarely get dangerous weather..... though I'm not going to dispute it would be nice to have a few more hot days in summer (just not when I'm running).
Maybe I shouldn't tempt fate.... but I actually crave a few bad weather days when I have a long run planned so I can test my kit and preparedness. Had that for my last 30+ in Dec (strong wind for 4 hrs, then strong wind and heavy rain for another 2) and made the day memorable. Hope to do Chalkland way (40m loop with 4000ft asc) on Monday in Wolds if goes to plan and forecast is wind at present.
Nick - If Beacons is like the Lakes variant you get a list of peaks and a .gpx of routes. In case of lakes route, even in a generally well-walked area of the world nav errors are easily possible in some areas. Peak-top areas and moorland bits being amongst the areas that caused myself and others issues. Only event I've really had this problem on as most routes in UK and even TDS, UTMB etc usually stick to more defined paths and col's.
In particular I had a nightmare on Great Gable, there were multiple route choices off it west-bound, I chose one to south-west,which appeared to go to a suicidally steep descent, so cut across north to a route a few behind me were following which was slightly safer but slow going loose scree through a channel of jagged rocks. If I'd been organised I would have known the best descent was further north west (still not exactly speedy though). Recceing per a Bob Graham or loads of local knowledge would probably be the only way of completing this event at a swift pace and without issues.
Cracking list there Nick, come I'm familiar with, others not. St Cuthberts could be a good one as I did the Sandstone way last year in same corner of the country and it was a great low key event and a lovely area for trail running.
Plenty of time Rob, I've only done 14m longest this year. Not so much the distance I'm concentrating on but how its run that the focus is on for me. I've done running 20m+ most weekends in the past and that worked, but over the last few yearsI find one longer run per month with plenty of hardwork and 'teen'-miled LR works fine too.
T Rex - not heard from FR, think he was - maybe still is - active on fell runner forum a bit longer than on here. Look forward to hearing about the 'long challenge' I did the 'short' 10 peaks in lakes in 2014 and it was about the slowest ~33m I've ever done.
After completing TDS at second attempt and managing my first 100m+ finish since my first attempt in 2010, last year I was all set to concentrate on running fast trail marathons this year...... Then I read about the Northern Traverse and couldn't resist as figure not too much of a stretch from Sandstone mileage and would be much steadier going. And not as scary as the Spine and at a better time of year to get prepared for. Looking forward to it almost as much as any event I've done as I'm partial to the occasional multi-dayer and not too phased by lack of regular support stops (food and sleep is all the more rewarding when you do stop). I'm not 100% sure I'll do the exact build-up planned, but this would be ideal, especially as I have unfinished business on HM 110
I've got quite into lone and (mostly) unsupported ventures between the odd event. It really slows life down and simplifies when your on your own for hours. And with so many great LDPs around there is usually a 20-to-100+ mile option never too far away (LDWA website has a great searchable list of). Were pretty lucky in the UK in this way.
The liquid and food does mean they are about heaviest constituent of the pack beyond say 40m of run, but I'm in no hurry so some extra weight is fine. In the winter for 30-40m I often get by on 1L of liquid. And the longer stuff even if remote usually has a water source or shop somewhere on route if you do a bit of planning (all part of the challenge). Only time I nearly got into trouble was a few years back with less experience I didn't plan for water resupply on Wolds Way and hit a long stretch with no shops, pubs or water sources I could be really sure of - without significant detour - so I took a slight risk on some running water of uncertain origin (had I been really concerned I suppose I could have knocked on a door).
Best of luck with that one Rob. Circular runs are easier logistically, but I love a point-to-point for feeling like I'm really going somewhere (especially if its a between two people would consider a chore even by car).