In short: Hills Hills Hills! In full: Really good and well organized race.
As the other posts suggest very hilly but for me that makes it all the more fun.
Not a PB course but the local support is second to none so thanks to everyone who turned out to help make this a great event.
If there could be a criticism about this race it would be the finish. I went over the line at 1.49 and could not find any water anywhere; it would also have been nice to have received a goody bag with some sort of recovery bar drink/gel/bar.
I am sure that there are many companies who would be prepared to provide the contents of a goodie bag free of charge for what would be very direct advertising to almost 4000 finishers. Surely someone missing a trick here?
Having said all of that this was a brilliant race and I commend it to all.
Thanks to everyone who made this such a great day out.
In full: Wow...What an event! Superb atmosphere and massive local support. Oranges , bananas, and all sorts of fruit and that was just a few of the people dressed in fancy dress that passed me by on the course!! The final insult was the dalmation that passed me in the home straight - tail wagging in the sea breeze as if to wave goodbye to me! Organisation was superb and very friendly all round. Not for the feint hearted as the hill climbs for the first half is serious stuff. I decided to avoid looking at my gps watch until the half way point as I knew I would not be ahead of my usual pace. In fact I spent more time looking behind me to see if someone was dragging out of my shorts such was the pull of the hills! The final two mile run along the sea front seems to go on forever but the rows of support on the run in lifted my spirits to enable a spirited sprint finish. Great job by the organisers and I will be back next year. The Gym Reaper...Run for your lives! Date of review: March 23, 2011
In short: A great Half Marathon In full: Having just done Brighton And Bath I enjoyed Hastings the most. The challenge of the hills and the great crowd make it one of the better half marathons in the UK. I think Hastings Lions did a great job but things could be improved upon. The finish needs to be sorted out: - Goody bags for everyone - Keep non-runners out of the finish area as it was mad in there with everyone scrambling for hot tea (or me for a cold drink) - My chip time did not record and I noticed many gaps in the results for others. I've emailed Sports Systems about this but have not had a reply. I'll be back to tackle that hill again.
In short: brilliant half In full: a very enjoyable race if not tough in places, as always the support from the local people of hastings was fantastic. this was a very well organised event and i will be back again next year. Date of review: March 22, 2011
In short: One of the best Half Marathons in the South East. In full: Fantastic crowd support as usual. The hills don't get any easier, as each year goes by. This was my 4th time at Hastings, and i will be back for a 5th next year. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Amazing half-marathon - thanks Eric and all of Hastings! In full: Love this race which seems to get bigger and better each year. The hills are always a challenge but another slowdown for me is the fact you feel you need to thank so many people for the incredible support! It is really 2nd only to London in my book - amazing and thanks to everyone who turns out at Hastings to cheer the runners on.
Great weather this year as well - that makes 2-years running. Fingers crossed for a 3rd - the last 2-miles to the finish can be so much different with a nasty headwind!
See you next year - for others thinking about it get your entry in! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: wouldn't like to live next door to the lady banging her kitchen pans:) In full: Good atmosphere all around the route. Slightly difficult to navigate around the bed, but full marks to the guys pushing it all the way around. Too many people wearing headphones not able to hear polite requests to move aside when passing them. Wasn't there for a goody bag so not really too concerned that they had run out but having finished in the top half of the field I am surprised that they had run out before I finished and a shame for those finishing towards the back who tend to be non club runners/first timers and appreciate these. Finish area a bit chaotic, managed to squash a little dog being dragged around by someone - sorry, but don't always look down when trying to find out where the water station is at the end of a run. Then I was knocked around by so many non runners keen to greet others that the first cup of tea I managed to hold securely after finishing was empty by the time I found a safe space to drink any of it. The bit between passing the bed and tea soaking was good fun though even if i did struggle badly for the final 2 miles. Date of review: March 21, 2011