If anyone's out on the course this weekend can I give you the heads up there's an aggressive herd of cows on Wilderley hill about 5 or 6 miles before the finish of the 50.
Before you snicker, let me say that I spent most of my teens working on dairy farms, so I'm no fool around livestock. This herd charged from about 300 yards away and I fought them off using my rucksack as a flail. Three or four will have sore noses. I count myself lucky to have got away uninjured.
I'm currently reconsidering my participation in the event as there's no way I'm going through that field in darkness with those animals in it.
I echo Geeem's comments. I entered a Beyond Marathon event a few months ago. At the time, I hadn't heard of the company, and the presence of UTMB points reassured me they were legitimate. For that reason, it is one of the things I look for - along with past race reviews and feedback here - before deciding what to enter, particularly after the Saxon Shores business.
Would I enter races without? Yes, and have. A far bigger clue for me is how well races respond to email queries (Longman series - two ignored emails, didn't enter; Peak Sky Race - two ignored emails, not entering; SVP100, LDWA - helpful and prompt email responses, entered.) But that that little bit of reassurance of legitimacy is nice.
Beyond that, no, don't give a monkeys, as there's no way I'll ever be fit enough for the UTMB series of races.