the race is licensed under a uka/tra permit, therefore the course should be accurately measured if official times are to be recognised. if the course is to be long, as some are suggesting here, that suggests that the license is questionable. however, i am prepared to give the organisers the benefit of the doubt that they will fulfill this essential criteria.
i have no doubt that lakeland trails manage other, shorter events very well, but they've messed up with this one.
all i would ask is that the more experienced lakeland runners consider that many are running off road and in the lakes for the first time, and many are travelling long distances. runners have every right to expect that the organisers have everything in place; that is what they are paying for.
i have to say that i am not impressed that the course has not yet been finalised. this should have been sorted out weeks ago. furthermore, the organisers should stop blaming landowners, especially when said landowners have no right of reply.