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.
In short: Wonderful yet again In full: This is such a special event, and this year was the sixth consecutive time I have run it. The hills were just as challenging as ever, and the crowd support was amazing. It seems everyone turns out, and it was good to see once again a supporter on the Ridge at Mile 6 displaying the placard "you've done the hardest part". This happens every year, and is such an encouragement.
Very well done once again to the Hastings Lions Club for their wonderful organisation. This was a real test for me to see whether or not my poorly left leg would stand up to it, and it did. Many thanks to the sports therapist who treated it. Never mind the time, I finished, getting a slight 'second wind' when I reached the Promenade. No painful soreness at the end, just the feeling of my muscles having been well and truly worked out, without undue strain. So I was mightily relieved at that. Great encouragement from the announcers at the finish welcoming competitors over the finish line. Lovely horse brass memento as always. Roll on 25th March 2012! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Only 1 More Hill........Promise?! In full: First time I've run this course. It was a toughish route but Possibly a PB course if the conditions were right, although not for me as was a bit apprehensive about the Hills I was told about. They were never ending. Even on the downhill from The Ridge to seafront there were a few dropped it just a a reminder but nonetheless a very enjoyable route with fantastic support. Crowd made you feel like you were in the leading group all the way round! Well done Hastings! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Love it In full: I love this race. even though the first half is a bugger. hadn't trained for it so suffered on the hills. The only feedback for improvement would be to sort out the finish line area - its difficult to find a drink and a bottle would be nice instead of cups from a bucket. but if they're keeping costs down to give more to charity then thats fine by me.
Thank you Hastings, your support is what makes this race so special. I will return in 2012, for Hastings attempt number 7 !
my favourite half marathon by far Date of review: March 21, 2011