I've just found Dominic Makin's Three Peaks Blog - his own account of preparing for the race for the first time. A truly uplifting, sometimes funny, and sometimes heartbreaking account of the ups and downs of preparing for the challenge of the 'first race'.
"I'm Dominic Makin, 41 and a hairdresser - born in Hull, living in Halifax and going to Hell.....
.... I bought a nice second hand cyclocross bike and headed off for the hills. "
A great read - keep it coming' Dominic, and good luck for the 24th.