Got my thoughts down whilst fresh in my head on Minnellium.com here

The very minute we hit the off road section at Gill Garth, There was something very ‘Saving Private Ryan’ About the mood and atmosphere. What had up until then been something we dreaded, was now something we were part of. The puddles the soaking fields, the falls, the crunching gears, the slow, slow progress up a needlessly more difficult Simon Fell… It wasn’t exactly the stuff of nightmares, and we were all here voluntarily, but it was hard to take any satisfaction from the first hour of the race.