Its not common to see so many people suffering so much...
I suspect it was a combination of a much hotter day than expected, plus this kind of event attracts a lot of people who haven't trained anywhere near enough, and are generally quite unfit, and then go and push themselves in a distance that is often misunderestimated in terms of its challenge and impact upon the body.
That said, the two poor souls who died were both members of local running clubs. Very sad.
There were loads of signs, absolutely everywhere C&I dad.
As a P'boro resident, i've been watching them pop up for the last fortnight.
i've done many races, and this still remains one of the better organised of any... not sure where you felt it wasn't well organised?... the muster was obvious, the start was clear, the course was well marked and marshalled, the bag transfer system flawless, the finish area well organised, and the entry pack was detailed and excellent....
The changes in direction are IMHO inevitable for a city race. Personally I like them, as it keeps the legs fresher with different muscle actions, and encourages you to manage your pace more carefully as you slow and accelerate.