In short: Worth coming for the atmosphere In full: Upbeat race. Thanks to all involved. The enthusiastic crowds really helped, especially with handing out fruits and sweets. Thanks also to the bagpipers, I really liked them playing us off near the start and the solitary piper en route.
I didn't realise that there were goody bags until I read the last post, so I am somewhat miffed on missing out. That needs fixing.
Demarcation for getting into approximate finishing times could be made much clearer future. Although it was my fault for not getting nearer the front, the lack of clear signage may have contributed to the glut of slower runners near the front impeding faster runners from passing. However, I'll know this next year, as I'll be back for more as really enjoyed it.
In short: One of the UK's best races slightly underdone by fewer perks In full: This is consistently a top-ranking race, but I was hugely disappointed by the fact that the goody bags ran out so early. I finished in 1:32 and yet the bags had already gone! I'm also repeatedly annoyed at the lack of lanyards for the medals. These are minor quibbles in the scheme of things, I suppose, for such a well-supported race. It's brilliant to see so many spectators out in force every year for this one. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Well run race and the crowds on route - exellent In full: I ran the race for the 1st time this year, and was impressed with the route. Challenging yes and enjoyable at the same time.
The crowds were exelent all along the route, Clapping, cheering, giving out pieces of Oranges, simply exellent support. Well done to the people of Hastings. Its a pity the support is not the same on every race i do !! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: A mean route with a fantastic atmosphere In full: This was my first race but being from Hastings I had some idea what to expect. Runners always seem to have positive things to say about the race and now I can see why.
The atmosphere is fantastic, the locals come out in force to support the runners, there are people lining the road from the very first corner all the way round to the final stretch. People handing out slices of orange and banana along the ridge was a welcome surprise. Great feeling getting to the Conquest Hospital to see some guy holding a sign saying "the worst part is over" Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Challenging but worth it In full: If there is a better supported half marathon in the country I'd like to know where it is. There is support all the way round even up the Queensway by-pass. (The long, long hill to the Ridge) A great race and my second attempt shaving 8 minutes off last year. Great organisation and will definately be back. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Hills harder than I remembered In full: My thirs time here - last in 2008. I'm sure those hills have got harder, or just my legs getting older. Hit a brick wall at 11 miles, so goodness knows what it would haved been like had there been a strong wind against me. Love this race though - the people of Hastings give incredible support - really one of the best supported races out there. I'll be back to get cloder to my goal of 1:26 Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: The amazing atmosphere and incredible support help to relieve some of the pain of the challenging parts of this race, i.e. the entire first half! An excellent day. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Challenging course, great atmosphere, awesome. In full: The course was a massive challenge with the number of hills, and the sea front was a tough after all of the freewheeling downhill from the ridge! This made it far more enjoyable than the average flat run, and I managed a PB!
This was best support I've experienced en route. Jelly babies, oranges, bananas everywhere from supporters, as well as a lot of people on the side of the course, cheering, banging drums, singing, etc.
My only gripe is for at least one of the water stations to get up to date and provide small sports bottles rather than cups. Surely a supermarket sponsor could supply them? And maybe cake/flapjack/recovery drink/food at the end? I'd happily pay for it as part of my entry fee. Although a cup of tea was nice and felt very English!
This doesn't deter from it though - an awesome event.