When I did this race in 2014 it didn't drop down from Cut Gate, but headed across the bog (via the Bogmonster!) along the watershed, then down and back the same as this year. What was the path like in the valley bottom?
There was a decent track to start with but it deteriorated into a boggy sheep track with hidden rocks and lots of jumping over streams, etc. Very pretty though. Glad the race was Sunday rather than Saturday.
I don't think my body will allow anything as long as OMM any time soon.