In short: Fantastic race that is, in my opinion, the best Half Marathon out there! In full: Amazing weather for this year (same as last year!) and this helped to swell the size of the support which, for those who have not had the chance to run London, rivals the big marathons in terms of atmosphere. Bands, supporters and half of Hastings must have turned out.
Everything runs like clockwork that to Eric and his team. The extra stalls on the green were a nice diversion while you waited to start. Hats off to the French guy who ran in chainmail (1066). Sat on the beach afterwards and he went in up to his neck in some very cold water!
Thanks again Hastings - see you next year. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: My favourite half marathon, a true classic. Amazing crowd & bands around the course, supportive spectators, the whole town seemed to go crazy for the event. A must do if you are near Hastings (or like travelling) Booked for this year. Date of review: March 6, 2012
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.