In short: Phenomenal crowd support In full: Loved every step. It felt like all of Hastings was out there cheering and handing out food. Gorgeous weather, and a nice route, even with the hils. Bottled water would have benn appreciated, though - I do tend to drown a bit when it's in cups. Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: The 'Hilly Hastings Half' strikes again! In full: Another wonderful race put on by 'Lord Eric' Hardwick and the Hastings Lions Club! Excellent weather and no westerly winds to drive you back on the promenade. Thought the hairpin turn now situated at the top of Winchelsea Road/Rye Road was better than at Rock-A-Nore Road, as you spend less time on the flat which is quite draining after being amongst the hills for so long.
Wonderful organisation and horse brass memento as always. This is a 'must-do' race for me. Hope to be back every year for many more years to come. Top class race. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Loved it! In full: Really friendly and well organised race. The hills are mainly in the first 5-6 miles but there are some short, sharp hills after that too up until 9 miles when it's all downhill or flat. The starting pens could have been better marked as they were tricky to spot from the seafront and perhaps this is the reason there were a lot of slower runners up front. Water stations every few miles which were very well run, and a cup of tea when you finish. The marshalls are great and the support from the locals is fantastic and make this a really special event. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: My original and best In full: I did this as my first half marathon 12 years ago and have been back every year since. The support around the town is amazing and you really feel part of something. To top it all the weather was near perfect today. If you're looking for a first half marathon, i'd definitely recommend it, it's tough, but worth every step. Everyone's welcome and there are runners of every ability (and fancy dress) to keep you company. Well done Eric and crew! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: I conquered the Hastings half In full: What a great race. Yes the hill to the ridge is tough but thats what makes getting a PB on this monster special. Atmosphere is up there with the Great North run. Thank you Hastings, a great day, great support and great weather Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: A virgin no more In full: First time at Hastings and loved it! Knew about the hills and wasn't looking to do more than see what happened re timing.....would suggest newcomers do the same - after 2 miles I thought I was acing it, then the long climb to the ridge began, and when it was over I found the man at the top with the sign 'the worst is over' - be warned, he LIES! Some cheeky short ascents are around until about mile 9, after which its all down and then home along the front. Fantastic weather [forgot me lotion so the bonce is burnished] matched to fantastic support, loved it loved it loved it. Proper organisation, and unlike Brighton it felt like it was about the runners first, and not the money! Good organisation, as it ought to be. Love the brass commemorative, I've already added a ribbon and its proudly on my wall. See you next year Hasting! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Challenging course, well organised and fantastic support! In full: Love this half marathon and I've actually done it the last 6/7 years. It's a tough course so the support definitely helps you round. It's always been well organised and this year was no exception. Forgot about the slight course adjustment until I got to it but it was a welcome change; much less demoralising than having to turn away from the finish as you get to the seafront! Great work Eric and thanks for the personal email to sort out my running number postal issues! Will definitely be entering again next year! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: good and challenging but boy was it warm! In full: Eric and his team have come up with a superb day once again and it is easy to see why this is rated as No.1! Superslick organisation, good marshalling,good and challenging course, great crowd support and good value - it's near enough everything you want in a race.
This year the weather was good if a tad on the warm side especially along the prom for the last three miles (but thats just me being picky) I found the re-arrangment of the "loop" a lot easier than the old one by the fishing huts for some reason. It's also nice having a text when you got home with your results.
Overall a fantastic race and I will be back next year! Date of review: March 25, 2012