In short: Another year and another potentially excellent event spoilt by easy to fix niggles. In full: I have run this event several times and am dissapointed it never quite fixes the same problems that come up year after year.
I personally didn't suffer from the lack of water - there was plenty when I got back, but I don't like the finish - doing a 90 degree left turn through a narrowish gate while dodging a mixture of spectators and other runners clogging it up is not a great finish - in the past it finished back at the council offices and that meant the route came down the High Street - much better in my opinion.
I think the £3 parking fee was another issue that people have mentioned - my understanding is that was put in because the Council (unlike previous years) chose to charge around £1,000 to use the field for 3 hours - now there's charity!!!!
Still, for all those faults, living locally I am loyal to the event and will be back - maybe it can grow back to the 1,500+ runners it had in 2008 (now that was a really disasterous year and the numbers have steadily fallen since).