Hey Yoda - i though i saw you going the wrong way at one point, i think as i was heading into watlington. Shame you had doen the worst of it. Thought about bailing a few times but with no gps i would only end up getting more lost.
Managed to catch a mate who went off in one of the earlier groups as i was going towards turville. descent from watlington to turville was a real boneshaker and by that point sitting was hard work. but was enough chatter to keep me going towards the end and we split off going up the climb from wycombe. Thankfully another water stop at the top of the hill (the grumpy marshals) and the water pistols a bit further on really helped cool me down for a bit.
Just disappointed i had to bail going up whiteleaf this year, cramp everywhere but glad i finished
Really missed not having my Garmin to show distance and help me measure my effort so had my stop watch going and would check every hour how far i had gone. Not ideal but managed it for a bit though by the end was a bit muddled and was struggling with the maths.
Seemed to be a lot more cars on the road this year as well especially up bison hill where not only did i have to contend with the climb i was worried about losing momentum and having to walk.