In short: A great challenge, well organised and friendly. In full: Last year, Hastings was my first ever race and I came it at 2.15, wheezing with asthma. A year on, with the FLM and two more halfs under my belt, I came back to give Queensway what for.
Delighted to report that I came in with a PB at 1:40:27!The speed work at Clapham Runners must be paying off, because I felt like I had an extra gear and stayed in it, chewing up that hill and bouncing down the other side.
Thank you, Hastings, for the terrific organisation again and for helping me slay a dragon. And well done to everyone who finished.
A particular thank you to the British Red Cross. My running mate passed out ten yards before the finish and they looked after him brilliantly. They even got his number swiped and collected a medal for him. Fred and Sue, you're angels! Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: A great run In full: More toilets and a t-shirt would be nice. Great support throughout the punishing opening 7 miles rewarded with great sprints downhill thereafter....back next year. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Testing course. Great atmosphere and excellent organisation. In full: Why cant people get in the correct starting zone? It's not that difficult or are people confusing their ambitions with their capabilities LOL. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: A race of three thirds In full: Slow ascents for the first third, downhill sprints (with a few additional climbs) for the second and what seemed like a run along the entire Sussex coast for the last (which was probably only a couple of miles).
I completed it and because it was my first half marathon got the inevitable PB. Well organised, lots of local support although at times it felt like the Tour de France with people ringing bells at misty summits. I was the one being asked by the medics if I needed a wheelchair at the end but am feeling a quiet sense of achievement right now. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: superb event In full: Fantastic atmosphere with church choir, orchestra, lots of spectators all way. My favourite half. Steady uphill till mile 7, there are even two smaller incline after that. Then steep downhill - hard on the knees. Somehow I still run the season's PB at Hastings, maybe because of the fantastic supporting crowds. Just water at this race, you may need to bring your own carbs. No goody bag for late finishers, the medal is nice, I would appreciate something to actually put it on. The final stretch on the promenade feels longer than it is. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: A real challenge, but worth the effort In full: This run never fails to inspire, but also never gets any easier! The first 5m is a tough welcome to anyone that hasn't run it before, but the second half can be exhillerating. The Marshalling is excellent and the public support all the way round is fantastic. If there is a point to consider for the future, it's the continued 'messy' finishing area. There are Goody Bags only for the first runners home and there is a free tea tent, which is much needed, as long as you know it's there. There are no noticeable signs, at least , none I could see. Even for that, Hastings is a great run. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: March 21, 2010