In short: Superbly organised, extremely friendly and excellent support In full: This is the first race in my running schedule each year. Eric Hardwick organises this event superbly, with a great team behind him. Excellent baggage facilities and great music throughout the 13 miles, including a number of local churches. A unique brass is give to each finisher. The people of Hastings and neighbouring villages come out in numbers to make it such a spectacular race, Hilly, yes, but as much down as up Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Great race - well organised - fantastic support In full: I really enjoyed this race. I usually run hillier events and so this course was a dream leading to a 45:50 pb. Things that made it great: Excellent support throughout the course. Sight of the cathedral an inspiration throughout and to finish right next to it is marvellous. Parking, baggage, overall organisation excellent - text received with time almost as I crossed the finish line. Great quality medal if that matters to you- lovely design. Pub handily sited close to finish!
Things to Note: Detailed Parking instructions sent out in week before event Last mile is uphill (for Lincoln) not awful but worth knowing 8/9km markets seemed a bit misplaced
In summary: I'll be back next year and am looking forward to running more of the well organised series.
In full: This was my first Hastings half. I loved it. I just recovered from a hip injury so I signed up at the last minute. The hills on the first half are though, but what goes up always comes down, so the downhills were very fast and I loved the last miles on the seafront. Amazing organisation and fantastic crowd support, high fives all the way! Thanks to the marshall for standing outside in the cold wind. The nice hot tea at the end was very welcome and the brass medal is great. I shall be back next year! Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Excellent and well organised race In full: Second year at pendock, even better than last year. Well organised plenty to do for family whilst they waited. Nice course better without the ditch. Great marshals plenty of water and great goodies at the end. Everyone involved should be very proud of such a great event. Will defo be back next year Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Great pre-London half. In full: I chose to run the Fleet half in the run-up to the London Marathon this year, and it was definitely a good decision. This was an excellent race; and really nothing could've gone any better. Great organisation and a lovely atmosphere. It also helped that it was a lovely sunny day. Not exactly the most 'scenic' of half marathons I've done, but that wasn't really the point for me today. Best bit? The bar at the end. Nice touch. Really I could go on. Can't think of any negatives about this race at all. Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Very challenging course. Miles 3 to 5 were an uphill slog, though not steep. It just annoyingly kept going! However what goes up must come down, so the downhills were very welcome. This was my first Hastings Half and boy was I glad I'd done plenty In full: of hill training! Fantastic atmosphere, brilliant crowd support, marshals. All those who volunteered their time were amazing so THANK YOU! Date of review: March 22, 2015
In full: Yet again the organisers have pulled off a hugely successful event. Great traffic management and very well marshalled. Enthusiastic support from a big crowd made for a brilliant atmosphere. Well done to all involved and see you next year ! Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Intimate, pleasing half marathon In full: I enjoyed this race - first time running it. Organised by a branch of the local Mormon church, and so a prayer at the pre-race runners briefing was had, which was a little unusual! Use of their building also made faith obvious, but if you don't have issues with these, very nice race. No major complaints at all in terms of organisation: for a small event (less than 100 running) was exceptionally well marshalled, with enthusiastic support from marshals all the the way around. Good water stations, and decent t-shirt and medal (medal needs the date and year engraved on next time though guys!).
A few whopper hills, but if you're aware of this, shouldn't be a big problem. Only major tweak I'd make would be presence of a couple of portaloos out on the course - a couple were in the start venue car park, but considering the small number of runners, might have been better having them out periodically on the course. I needed to stop at one point, and have a kindly café owner to thank in avoiding a difficult moment!
Would happily run this again. Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Excellent. Well done to the organisers - great job!! In full: This was my first race back from injury - couldn't have picked a better one. Organisation was great, lovely friendly atmosphere and lots of encouragement and support from the marshalls. Cakes were fab at the end. Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: A proper trail half marathon in London In full: I'd intended to do the October 2014 race but had to defer due to injury. Fortunately, today's (March 22nd) race had perfect conditions - cool but sunny, with virtually no mud. It's a two lap race with a couple of steep climbs at the beginning of each lap. The rest is pretty flat with a fast downhill stretch near the end. I managed a PB but then this was only my second half and I'm on the slow side. Organisation was good and I'm very happy with my Womble medal. There is also fruit and flapjacks at the finish and a T-shirt, so it's good value for money. The only downside is that it's on the "wrong" side of Wimbledon Common, public transport-wise, so I got a cab there rather than mess around with buses I was unfamiliar with, particularly as public transport tends to be a bit crap early on Sunday mornings. I walked back to Wimbledon station to get some blood into my aching legs and that took quite a while so I wouldn't recommend it as a means to getting there. The Womble medal is cool and they're different depending on which race you do. However, they gave a tennis racquet medal out for the race that took place around Wimbledon last year so if you want a Womble, pick Spring or Autumn instead. Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Perfect conditions for this well organised event In full: Great medal and technical shirt, full road closures, parking supplied near the start/finish, very well marshalled, well organised. I had originally thought it a little pricey, but all things considered it's good value overall.
In short: Nice course, plenty of marshals and small field. A little bit disorganised but no big deal. In full: Pretty decent race. Not flat but not as hilly as the other local half marathons. The initial run through the city was a bit dull but once we got out into the country it was very scenic. The organisation was a bit mixed, plenty of volunteers and enthusiastic but felt a little bit disorganised. There was a very small field of runners. If there had been more I think it would have been more of an issue. E.g. bag storage was excellent and well organised but the parking was chaotic. I arrived an hour before the race, queued to get in then was told they had exceeded their allocation and I needed to park down the hill. No big deal but... The mile markers also seemed to have wandered off in several places with three in a row missing from the Coleman Way stretch. I would do this race again and am sure they will resolve any teething issues. Potential to be a great little race. Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery, everyone friendly and encouraging, lovely medal an t shirt In full: This was my first 10mile race running from nothing in the January and building to this a fab in between 10k and half marathon, I joined the club in May 14 and did know quite a few people but this was only my 3rd race and my best so far. I was 2nd to last and finished in just over 2 hours I had nothing but encouragement from all helping and racing, beautiful scenery, singing marshals. The course is challenging but what goes up must come down just look around when you're running you definitely won't be bored. A fab welcoming club a race for all abilities this year I'll help out so will cheer you on give it a go. Date of review: March 22, 2015