In short: OK, no more no less. In full: I'm not a quick runner and this was my second half marathon. Overall it was enjoyable but 3 things really marred it for me. Despite arriving early we ended up spending 20 minutes trying to find somewhere to park, then as we were now late, a sign to say where the loos were would have helped and finally better race signage because not having run this before we didn't know where to go and on 2 occasions were only corrected by spectators as the marshalls were too busy chatting to tell us! Would we enter next year? Possibly. For us it's a long way to come. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fast, fast fast!!! In full: It's amazing what a brilliant crowd, a ray of sunshine and some beautiful sweeping downhills can do for your PB.
Excellent London warm-up in terms of confidence.
The church congregation singing, the banging of frying pans and the people from the pubs out in the spring sunshine - it was a festival and it almost brought a tear to my eye and often a broad grin to my face.
Marshalls and scouts were very good.
The water cups were fine, bar the fact they were sponsored by McDonalds, which made me very reluctant to drink out of them!
It might have had to do with the train from London being delayed... twice but the pre race organisation seemed a bit sketchy - but then the field was very big for the start/finish area.
The horse brass was a nice alternative momento.
Thank you Hastings - I'll be back! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic, great day, hills? what hills! In full: Only my second half marathon.Great crowd support.Was also worried about the legendary hills that I kept hearing about.Yeah, there were hills, but they weren't that bad.Plenty of down hill too.Will be back next year.Really enjoyable and a bit of sunshine to boot. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: tough 20 miler In full: ran this as a training run for london, not as a race, got to 18 miles no problem and then started to feel it in my legs.up and down all the way .overall well worth doing if your running a marathon. nice t-shirt. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A good test for the London marathon In full: I'd read mixed reviews of this race in previous years. But I think it's a good pre-marathon training race. If you can do 20 miles you feel a lot better about tackling the marathon. That's the main benefit of the race.
One point for future runners is that the 3 lap course involves a short run around the campus, a longer first lap and then two shorter laps (which I didn't realise). Part of the race is on an A road, but it didn't affect my running.
The marshalls did a great job on an absolutely freezing day and the organisation was good (Chariots of Fire was playing on the stereo at the drinks station!). The free massage at the end was great too. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great pre-London marathon training. In full: Having read the reviews of this race in previous years I wasn't expecting much. But the race was great. Four times round a five mile circuit let me know what I was in for in the final five miles which was crucial to me in my first twenty mile race.
The atmosphere in the club house was really friendly and this carried on into the race. Plenty of people to chat to all the way round and pretty much everybody was using this as a warm up to the London marathon.
It's not very scenic but there are some rural bits - though traffic was passing slowly on these parts.
The only thing that didn't work brilliantly was the second water station which was a bit slow.
In short: Well marshalled small race - ideal preparation for the big one In full: Easy to park, small race meant it was never crowded - in fact at times it felt i was all alone out there but with only a few hundred runners and 20 miles to cover you can expect that. Big thanks go out to the marshalls - that can't have been easy standing there for over 3 hours in that cold - it was freezing!! A few hills definitely made it undulating - but nothing too challenging. Three laps in total meant the leaders overtook me on their last mile whilst i still had another 6 to go!!! T-shirt but no medal at the finish. Worth doing if you are after a good training run in the build up to the marathon. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: My first Hastings Half, great race, great support, thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: This is a must each year for me now, really enjoyed it, well organised, and lots of support en-route. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised, great marshalls, nice course. In full: Started to snow on the way there, and decided to wear a hat for the race. But once we started it warmed up a treat. Mostly flat course, but the wind was a bit sharp on some of the more exposed parts of the course. One I've done before and will do again, despite it always being bitterly cold! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Hilly but really enjoyable In full: Good atmosphere especially at the start and finish. Course was particularly hilly in the first half but evened out after about 6km. Good organisation and nice to get a medal, tshirt and goody bag. Really enjoyed it! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A well organised race, very good training fro FLM In full: A slightly congested start, possibly due to the large field and a very tight turn shortly after the start. Extremeley well supported all along the route, much appreciated, especially after the hills. I always find the finish line a little hectic, perhaps it would be worth extending the finish area so that peole could get easier access to drinks. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A fast course but a bit "Mickey Mouse" In full: I did a PB here by 44 secs. I did a 125 mile round trip because the promise was flat and fast. OK, I got my PB so it was worth it BUT, it is flattish, but not flat. In my opinion, the Adidas Flora London (Silverstone) Half-Marathon is a faster course. MK being what it is, meant that there was a lot of going up over flyovers and down through sub-terrain walkways. Furthermore some of the corners were somewhat tight and twisty and there are short sections over grass where you are crossing from road to footpath.
My thoughts about the twisting and turning course brought me to the conclusion that the course was somewhat "Mickey Mouse". The start was not well organised - but I've seen worse. Sections where you could start depending on your intended finish time would be welcome. There were insufficient helpers on the drinks stations. In particular, the first Lucozade Sport station. I hadn't got time to stop and wait so I went thirsty. Fortunately, there was a water station about 1/2 mile later which I wasn't expecting :-)
On the positive side, I did get a PB here so it must be fairly fast. It was good to see Police at some junctions, and major junctions (but not all junctions) were marshalled. Parking was plentiful and near the start. I found the finish system OK, but maybe I arrived before the chaos described elsewhere. The Lucozade Sport was a welcome surprise. The medal was nice. Also, I saw parts of MK that I never knew existed which were rather scenic. Date of review: March 12, 2006