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
In short: Good medal.... Nice place In full: Pleasant. Weather good. Good course,enough hill/undulations to give me a post race feeling of satisfaction.Always a good medal from these folk. Meal vouchers? A matter of opinion... I am not particularly hungry or sociable after a run,so no good to me. Not enough toilets, a urinal unit would perhaps have solved that. Amateurish not laid back. Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, but a little chaotic! In full: Good points: Nice flat course - great for an early season PB attempt. Fantastic atmosphere, enthusiastic crowds and marshals. Basic organisation - loos, bag drop etc seems to function fine.
Bad points: As some others have pointed out, the race may have reached it's capacity. The start area was very congested and the hall was full to bursting. I'd hate to be doing this race in bad weather.
For an event with 2,500 runners it was a shame that a lot of it was on open roads i.e not closed to traffic. The marshals did a good job of managing side traffic but far too often I had to check behind me to ensure there wasn't a car coming up my ass! Towards the end they were telling us to run on the pavement, but this often meant overlapping with spectators. I realise it is not always possible to fully close roads but it was a shame. Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Happy 20 miles In full: This race is great! Bargain of £6 to enter if you get in before Xmas (£6!!). All you get is a cup of tea or 2 but suited me fine! 3 laps around the Essex countryside including a couple of hills a few times.... Great support in the village. A real runners race - really enjoyed it. Not a huge race which I liked too; you could get into your pace early and well. A happy runner Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Lovely race but getting too big! In full: I love the Brentwood Half - actually running the second half of it that is! If you are about 2 hours quick (or slow), if you start too far back you will be sidestepping slower runners who started too far forward! It may be best start a but further forward than usual. The field eventually spreads out around 3 miles or so . There are sparse marshalls so I don't know what would happen if you were in trouble. Great support in the villages and along the final 2 miles or so; really helped with keeping you going. Plenty of loos at the start (and along the course!), very crowded baggage area and very busy around the start. Nice little drawstring bag at the end with a couple of nice bits inside :-) Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Great Marathon warm up In full: Great little race. I used it as my last 20 miles before Manchester. Well organised and would certainly consider it again. Not too expensive to enter Medal and a nice little T-shirt to finish along with some great cakes. Course wasn't too taxing. The odd little climb but nothing too serious and plenty of water stations on the way.. (about every 3 miles or so if I remember rightly)... Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, wonderful support In full: did my first ever Half Marathon at Hastings in 2015 and loved it so went back this year and did even better. Fantastic support all the way round and a much more interesting route than the Brighton Half Marathon 3 weeks earlier. Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Welcome to Weymouth! In full: And a welcome back to running for me. A cold windy day on the sea front! This is a mostly flat race with a couple of doable inclines in the middle. It was a very friendly race with great organisation and nice support along the route. Thank you everyone involved! Date of review: March 23, 2016
In short: Local race to me so love the challenge of 20 miles In full: Like the fact I can run on my local roads, also I know most marshalls and people on the drinks stations. It's the longest distance I do as I'm more of a half marathon runner but this is worth the extra miles due to the organisation and superb support. Date of review: March 22, 2016