In short: Good atmosphere, and one long hill 8mile hill, NOT FOR BEGINNERS In full: The orginisation was thankfully pretty good everything that was promised happened, though nothing special, nowhere to lock away your bag. The atmosphere was decent most of the way, but on the long climb which psychologicaly takes it out of you around mile 6 there were lonley gaps with just you and the other tired runners. The field was bigh though which helped and it all picked up on the down hill with pleanty of support. The weather was beautiful, sunny and cool with little wind, just right. The road was nice and wide which helped at the start when the inevitable undiciplined slow runners ended up at the wrong place on the srart line.
The only thing was that big hill which went on and on, not to steep but just drained you and made it difficult to judge your pace. For a relative novice like myself having only run a few half marathons and nothing longer I had no ideah what pace to keep. Discovered that a 7min mile was a good pace until you hit the down hills at about mile 8-9 where you can push it to go sub 1:30.
Oh and finally the drinks stations were in exactly the right places on miles 3,6,9, and 12 though your probably better off powering though to the end and not using the mile 12 water unless absolutly necessary. Colud have done with a glucose drink at mile 9 thogh which Brighton half has.
All in all perfect race for the club or intermediate runer. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good preparation for a marathon In full: Fairly well organised, friendly people, didn't enjoy crossing the roads (fairly busy). I enjoyed running the 20 miles into four laps, it does easy up the whole race, though i did struggle in the last lap and had to walk/run for the last two miles. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Only my second 10k race but I found I to be quite easy going on the flat roads. Could have been a tad warmer but has left me hungary for more!!! I will be back next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Time for Eric Hardwick OBE me thinks! In full: Great atmosphere once again (well done people of Hastings), first time back in nearly fifteen years but thoroughly enjoyed it, until the legs went on the last 3 miles!
Extremely hard race but still see the nutters who haven't trained thinking it will be a walk in the park! What are they like.
Don't miss the next opportunity if you haven't done it before. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: This had a major sponsor, realy? In full: The grumbles out wieghted the success for me. It was a real fast race, but it failed in a few areas.
One: Sponsored by Nike. So the poor demarkation of start, and lack of shoe chip is pretty inexcusable.
Two: When I enter a race, I don't expect to have cars driving at me.
Three: Running near a highway with exhaust, sort of rough.
Four: The way they had the finish, is just soul destroying. Especially for a run that comes for so many as a stop on the training schedule. Some of the most important stuff for training is to get a proper warm down and recovery right after an intense work out. Standing in a queue in 4 degrees is not a proper warm down.
Personal best are nice, but really are small if it is along the way to something bigger, like a marathon. And this was definately sold as a warm up to the London. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: The cold weather conditions did not help the runners this year. Full marks to teh marshalls who braved the artic conditions and provided a cheer to all runners. Multi lap courses are tough and this was no exception. In full: Their were two water stations on each lap however to provide only cold water on an endurance race of 20 miles i feel personally was very poor. This is am important thing for teh organisers to take on board for future events. Also their was only cold water at the finish. Surely an energy drink or orange juice would hav benefited the runners more. Not a race i will be ruhing to compete in again in future years. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: very friendly... well organised..more fruit cake...less wind... In full: really friendly and encouraging race..cheering you on in the middle of nowhere...wind was vicious but at least it wasn't raining! Date of review: March 13, 2006