Just looking at the starters List of the Hardmoors 55 ultra (or is 54?)
I am not in that race but quite a few friends and familiar names:
Brian Mcintosh's training did not go as smoothly as planned but I guess he will have a good race. With a few (probably) cracked ribs will John Kynaston's forced 2 week taper work for him or against him? Guess his time! :-)
Tim Downie has been (cross) training hard on his Concept 2 rower, but will there be any boats available/allowed to help him using his upper body strength? Andy Cole did some speedwork in Barcelona (Marathon) and he should be set for the race. There is fast Stuart Mills who had a very strong UTMB last year and he should end up in the top 3 and there is the capable Richie Cunningham who got in the news for chasing no one less than Karl Meltzer in a 100 miler in the states at the end of last year. I would also expect former Hardmoors 110 winner Martin Dietrich to be with the front runners. Sharon Law is fast (even when she takes it easy). She certainly should not have an issue with the distance after winning the WHW Race last year.
There are more runners and as usual a few "dark horses" which I don't know about but I hope it will be a good race and I cannot wait to hear about how it went.
Good luck to all runners!