In short: Very good, well organised, surprisingly scenic, quite hilly In full: My first half for a number of years and REALLY enjoyed it. Organisation was excellent, pre-race communication very good. Parking nearby OK, and facilities at the race HQ were fine.
Hills were a good challenge. Good finish in the park - plenty of room to stretch and cool down. And marshalls were friendly and helpful.
Highly recommended. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great challenge; super atmosphere In full: Fantastic run no doubt helped by the weather; great atmosphere on the course including lots of friendly runners, and lots of supporters. The hills are no joke but this was my first time here: I want another try at this course! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Very flat and fast. Fenland scenery not too impressive but better than a smoky city! Free Bacon sandwiches! In full: A very well organised and friendly race. Myself and 2 friends entered this as we needed a 20 mile run as part of FLM training. The organisers were really helpful and let us run 'the loop' twice in order to get the extra miles in. We were of course plum last, but that wasn't the point of the run! They really went out of their way to help us and some marshalls even kept driving to find us to see if we were OK when everyone else had finished. Free bacon butties and tea at the end. Well done and thanks!!! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: By far the best half marathon I've ever run. The crowds were great. In full: This was the first time I've run this race and I found it really well organised. The crowds were welcomed, especially at the half way point. I'd definately do this again. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Tough first 6 miles but had been warned honest appraisal by organisers In full: Brilliant crowd support gave uplift when most needed at half way. Friendly race with locals really getting behind the runners. Lots of runners staying behind to enjoy Hastings and sea side fish and chips. One of hose races where it feels goood to hang around and enjoy he 'after event' Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Fast flat course - was fearing the mile long hill at end but barely noticed it In full: First time I've run this race. Enjoyed the atmosphere , enjoyed the course and did a promising time. Only disappointment was seeming lack of toilet facilities at the start (I can imagine many of the ladies probably missed the start). There seemed to be a lack of direction as to where to go prior to the race and only today via the reviews did I find there was a "secure area" for bags - whereas the info sent out said there was not. Overall much enjoyed it, despite the niggles above. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: As many pro's as con's In full: I really enjoyed the race and managed a PB, so I am well chuffed. I finished early enough to avoid the queues at the end but my friends who finished around 2 hours got very cold waiting to be processed. If the organisers use chip timings and provide bottled water out on the course then I will definitely run again next year. Overall a good run for me and thanks to the organisers. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: not bad race, good for LM preparation. organisation could have been better. In full: running the extra 800 meters due to mix up not great and too many queues for drinks, loos etc. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Flat, Good for PB, Brilliant organisation, Good Scenery In full: The organisation of this race was brilliant. With good facillities and a well marked course. The weather could have being alot worse although didn't stop be getting a PB. Worth the trip. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great run for the beginner! In full: Race was full to capacity and ran smoothly as far as i was concerned! Music was a nice touch and the crowd kept the atmosphere alive and friendly. Great run for the beginner and for more serious runners looking for PBs. Weather was v cold though with fierce wind particularly in the final 2k! Scenery made it worth it though! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Very well organised, well marshalled, Challenging course, not that boring as 3 lap race's go In full: A very cold day and a big thankyou to those Marshalls that were out there the whole time. Finish could have been better signed but as a multi lap course goes not that boring. The hills made this a challenging course so to get a PB very pleased. Could have done with a water station a bit sooner on the first lap, but other wise these were well organised. A good race to help with preparations for London. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Nice warm up or first time event In full: Lots of standing around at the end, but not a bad event. Some very encouraging marshalls and police. Worth a look next time. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Hastings is a good challenging race. Long uphill drag in first half but this can be offset later on with some fast downhill sections. Great crowd support and slick organisation. Date of review: March 13, 2006