Posted: 04/12/2016 at 12:14
Shades, the cheese is called Reblochon. I made the recipe once with the proper cheese, and I got it from Tesco. Asda/Sainsbury's didn't sell it at that time (about 3 years ago). It is very good I think from memory it's one of those cheeses that is banned in the US.
Yes, that route isn't my favourite, although I agree the views can be nice. The race route was slightly different this year since I last did it. Do you know usually when we cross the fly over just past Finlake, and turn left to go towards Chudleigh? This year, we went straight on there. Not sure why that's been changed, except I know if there are cars on the original route it can get a bit hairy.
As it happens, the John Scott Trophy the club puts on in Nov/Dec starts at Sandygate Inn and runs back along the route for 2-miles up that hill (that we run down at DMV), before turning around a strategically placed cone to go back to the pub. I wasn't able to do the race this year, but it's a good handicap race as the out-and-back nature of the course means that you see the faster people behind you who you want to try and keep behind, as well as seeing slower people ahead of you who you want to try and catch up. I had a storming run there a couple of years ago - really surprised myself!