Glad to hear you're ok TWD. I saw you by the roadside as I staggered past in 2:26, and you didn't look well, great that you were ok to go home yesterday.
It's my first year of doing the Lakeland, so I can't comment on the course changes, except to say that I loved this years! I found the last few miles very hard work, but that's down to the fact that I've never done a race that's taken me more than 1:45 before, so I was running/walking for about 50 minutes more than ever before. Will definately be back next year, and can't wait until Derwentwater in September.
I ran it couple of years ago and really njoyed it in a perverse way. Fantastic scenery but a killer of a hill at half way. Time may have exagerated the incline, but I'm sure that it's nearly vertical ;-) Missed the 2006 race as my son was in hospital but I'm back for this year. Good luck to anyone who is running.