Posted: 06/07/2014 at 13:49
This is a nice introduction to ultras. Get there early to park your car where you pass it on each lap; that way you can grab food and water without adding extra distance and without going down to the big car park and back up again.
There IS water available but it can run quite slowly - it's faster to refill bottles/water bladder if you have your own in the car boot. Try to ensure your car boot is well organised so you don't lose time looking for things you've mislaid...
There's no aid station elsewhere, just at the end of each loop (so at 5, 20, 35 miles). You need to carry what you'll want in between; I didn't find that a problem. Last year it was fine weather and I ended up not bothering to carry most of my usual emergency gear - there are lots of other people around (walkers, cyclists etc.) so even if you injured yourself badly and couldn't walk, someone would be around to go get help.
The ascent in each lap is noticable, but minor compared to e.g. SDW50, NDW40, Lakeland 50 (UTLD).
I blogged about this last year - see http://runningape.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/lastly-ladybower/