you should take some food of some sort and start taking it down before you need it. Finding something you can get down without much effort or slowing is the tricky bit. it's easier on a long fell race as typically you get a walking climb to eat on on the long ones.
Yep. Definitely gels or energy bars or some such for any race over 90 mins I reckon. Well worth experimenting on your long runs with what works for you.
Thanks, that's what I planned to do - I raced a hilly 17 miles a few years ago with no food and 'bonked' up the final hill, but when I did a 30mile training run and took homemade flapjack I was totally fine.
I was just surprised that in the photos, no-one looked to be carrying anything.
Mind you,I don't know how well those people did in the race!