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
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