In short: Will run for chocolate In full: Made a last minute decision to run this after seeing a sneak peak of the medal on FB. Really glad I did though as was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Car parking was easy and registration simple. Small gripe over the toilet facilities as two toilets for an event of this size is not sufficient. Course was well marshalled and well signed and was mainly flat with a couple of inclines thrown in to keep you focused. Plenty of support out on the course to keep your spirits up all the way round. The race was run alongside a 5K version so it was a bit hard to pace yourself against people only doing a single lap but there was always someone in front to chase down. There was an egg-cellent medal at the end along with a creme egg and there was plenty more chocolate and water at the finish. The race was chip timed which added to the overall great value of the event. Date of review: March 27, 2016
In short: A very well organised small marathon In full: Did this race yesterday. Fantastic organisation, very friendly, flat course, liked the 6 laps element. Lots of 100 marathon club people mostly doing both days (I wasn't, 1 was enough for me). Wide range of speeds too. Date of review: March 27, 2016
In short: Great PB Potential In full: My first time doing this race and very enjoyable. Plenty of car parking and great backdrop to the start with Palace in background. Plenty of places for spectators to view. The Medal and T-Shirt at the end were awesome. In terms of improvements, there should be water/sports drinks/chocolate at the end and goody bag could be "beefed up". These are minor niggles and would do again - I did a PB! Date of review: March 26, 2016
In short: No frills fast race. In full: A good quality race HQ, with good organisation. This is a no frills race. Don't expect nice scenary, hoards of vocal supporters or a bumper goody bag.
What you will get is a nice flat course which is ideal for a PB and a slate coaster as a momento. It might sound a bit grim, but it is well worth doing if you're looking to clock a fast time. Date of review: March 26, 2016
In short: A hilly but fantastic half marathon In full: The people of Hastings come out in force for this amazing but challenging course, bands greet you around every corner and don't forget to say Hi to Popeye as you reach the seafront. This really is a well organised and very enjoyable race. Date of review: March 25, 2016
In short: Finish line at Wembley is brilliant In full: Nice race, very well organized, easy logistic, lots of drinks during the race, great goody bag and brilliant technical t-shirt. Not ideal for PB but enjoyable. Mainly ondulating with an hilly point at mile 10.
In short: A challenging scenic course. In full: A great place to run. Well organised, although they could do with a few more toilets. Lovely scenary, with a friendly feel to the race. Definately a race suited to all abilities. Date of review: March 24, 2016
In short: A quirky interesting course. In full: A great little event that you can bring the whole family to. Plenty of distractions for children and a great race for all abilities. Date of review: March 24, 2016
In short: A wonderful, flat and friendly 20 mile race, an ideal marathon warm up. In full: Very well organised - good value as you received a medal, t-shirt and most importantly cake at the finish! Plenty of water stations and marshals. If numbers are increased slightly then I think it will add to the atmosphere and make the race even better! Date of review: March 24, 2016
In short: Beautiful scenery and wonderfully challenging course In full: What a great race. Superb and stunning course, with just the right amount of uphill and downhill to make it satisfyingly challenging. Well organised with an excellent medal, I would recommend this half to anybody who loves running. Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Lovely race, would do it again, lovely medal, some room for improvement In full: Good pre-Raphaelite atmosphere, quick easy bag drop. Lovely run for most part alongside scenic river, busy, even though went off in faster wave so lots of weaving in and out to keep pace, settled after around 4 miles. Marshalling was ok.They had problems stopping traffic for sections that we had to cross roads. Worst part was the mile 12-13, you see the finish but have to run around alongside it, and around it, by then you just want to finish, especially if you're pushing PB's. Medal is a heavy bit of bling, no water at finish or in the goody bag,don't get excited....no goodies,except a tee-shirt and flap jack and banana. Would do again, definitely back next year. Not enough negatives to stop it being a new favourite.
In short: A bit repetitive but well organised In full: It's hard to grumble too much at the scenery. It was what it was and the park is such a size that you need to go round the park 6.5 times to make it a half marathon. I found it a touch boring in this sense and the weather was freezing (which didn't help) but I can't fault the organisation, or indeed the enthusiasm of the marshals who put the event together. Things got a little complicated once the 5k and 10k runners joined in and it was tough to know exactly who you were racing against as you carried on round. However it was a great course to get a quick time and the ease of getting there by public transport was also a bonus. Lovely flapjack at the end! Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Excellent In full: First Hastings half and cannot recommend it enough. The crowds were magnificent and definitely helped you along. The hills in the first half of the course we're challenging but not as bad as I thought. Medal was good but would have liked a ribbon on it. Race programme was also an excellent touch. Highly recommended Date of review: March 23, 2016