Hi Bee let's make it clear how it was given two points. I submit all the details and they run it through software which measures the elevation and confirms the distance. I measured it at 43.1 miles if u run the shortest possible route and just over 1500m elevation change. UTMB measured it at a much higher elevation and issued 2 points and insisted it was correct.
The downgrade has happened because UTMB have passed all classification of races over to the international trail running Association who are checking all races with different measuring systems and they have as I claimed at the start reduced it to the correct elevation.
They have changed it without notification and any consultation. As Kev says I don't get to decide it and there is no appeal.
They have made big changes to the points system in the last few years. Most of it is purely commercial based to make more more ppl do the races they want.
I am sure you are joking about a refund! As I replied on twitter if you unrun the event and return all the food and t shirt and medal etc then you can have a refund
There are a lot of very muddy sections which will be slippy. But it has been a buy drier recently and does drain ok on some sections. As Kevin said Ian one of the sweepers and myself and a couple of others have run all the sections. It's all passable and lots of runnable bits but lots of mud around. No serious flooding more than a few ankle deep puddles mostly on legs 2 and 3. Good trail shoes and gaiters would keep you upright and mud out. I would guess the mud will add 30+ minutes to last year's times but the cut offs are generous. Hope that helps.
Hi Vicki the Trail is not marked very well as bits a local trail made up of lots of other trails. But you will have a map and written route description which should keep you on track as long as you follow the description exactly. Being overnight makes navigation a bit trickier. The gpx files are already up on the website and maps will go on soon then the written route descriptions around May time. If you live nearby you will have time to recce the route as that would always help. But you should not get too lost if you follow the description. Some people may even download it to their Garmins to follow.