It's all on roads but they're nearly all minor country roads so will not have been treated. The start-line being clear is pretty meaningless in this context, the route diverts on to minor roads after about a mile.
Phrases like "shocked" and "absolute disaster" are a bit ridiculous in the circumstances. The Asian Tsunami was an "absolute disaster", this was just a first-time race that suffered a few glitches.
I agree that the marshalls on the out-and-back section should have told runners to keep right so that flows didn't cross each other. I told them twice to do this but they didn't listen.
My only other issues were that the goody bag/medal tent was too close to the finish line and the start/finish arch was too narrow. Apart from that, if people with an agenda want to sabotage an event by removing signs then there's not much anyone can do about it. I thought it was a great attempt at a first-time race, it was excellent value at £10, the course was challenging and the goody bag was one of more generous ones. Hopefully it'll be back next year.