Hi Bear, We finished about 1:40. 4pm sounds pretty civilised after your late finish on Friday. I love the idea of popping into Goring for the papers! How did you keep them dry? I had a good day although quite a bit of teeth gritting was done (particularly on the last road section). XNRG are a great bunch, I've really enjoyed their events. I'll have to see if I can fit another in (finance, appropriate family permissions, racing strategy etc etc).
Hi Bear - yes the section leading into day2 CP2 was rather dispiriting - probably my low point I guess. I think a couple of runners retired there hypothermic (or at least cold). Day 3 was nice though - what time did you finish?
Peronel - I've not done the Druid but I did do the Pilgrim's in 2012. On the Pilgrim we slept in the sports hall (cold with a hard floor) - I presume its the same here. Bring a warm sleeping bag and a comfy sleeping mat. I also made the mistake of forgetting to carry cash (left in the car by accident), which means no goodies at the evening stops and no emergency options should you need to bail out early.
I'm doing this event this year - I live in Wantage and have seen it come through most years as we swim on the Saturday afternoon at the pool (don't forget swimming stuff if you like that kind of thing). It will be fund to do it (but I plan to sleep in my bed on Saturday evening).
The first loop is low level mountain terrain - typical lake district paths and a little grassy fell top terrain. Conditions under foot depend on the weather - I did it during epic rain in 2012. You get a blow by blow route description but ability to navigate in the hills off map and compass is highly desirable if the weather was poor. Second loop is lower lying "Dales" more roads though still mainly paths. Don't know about loop 3 as I elected to avoid over egging the distance as I was nursing an injury.
I wore well treaded trail shoes (Cascadia) which were fine. There were no technical descents. Its fairly runable if you can run that kind of stuff.