The 10 minute run back was not fun on pub side, you lost a good 20 people after the first skirmish at the base because of that. King of the hill in the middle of ilum @ the walkers was some of the best world pvp back in the day, spawn points are equal distant for each side as well.
I think Illum is underutilized. It is still there.... and I think it would be fun, designed with the equidstant spawns, it offers a fair challenge. Also, Raiding the base on Illum is much cooler IMO too. They will be updating Illum soon, soo lets relive the old days while we still can!