In short: Undulating In full: It's a tricky race to pace as there are some significant ascents and descents. Definitely the hilliest road race I have done but there is a good fast flat finish along the prom. Hastings folk provided great support. Not sure yet if I would do it again but if I did I would include more hill training, including fast descending as most people were flying past me. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Superbly organised, extremely friendly and excellent support In full: This is the first race in my running schedule each year. Eric Hardwick organises this event superbly, with a great team behind him. Excellent baggage facilities and great music throughout the 13 miles, including a number of local churches. A unique brass is give to each finisher. The people of Hastings and neighbouring villages come out in numbers to make it such a spectacular race, Hilly, yes, but as much down as up Date of review: March 22, 2015
In full: This was my first Hastings half. I loved it. I just recovered from a hip injury so I signed up at the last minute. The hills on the first half are though, but what goes up always comes down, so the downhills were very fast and I loved the last miles on the seafront. Amazing organisation and fantastic crowd support, high fives all the way! Thanks to the marshall for standing outside in the cold wind. The nice hot tea at the end was very welcome and the brass medal is great. I shall be back next year! Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Very challenging course. Miles 3 to 5 were an uphill slog, though not steep. It just annoyingly kept going! However what goes up must come down, so the downhills were very welcome. This was my first Hastings Half and boy was I glad I'd done plenty In full: of hill training! Fantastic atmosphere, brilliant crowd support, marshals. All those who volunteered their time were amazing so THANK YOU! Date of review: March 22, 2015
In short: Loved it - ill be back next year. In full: When I decided to do my first Half marathon, I got the choice down to either paddock wood or Hastings. I'm glad I chose Hastings - I didn't find the hills as bad as people had warned because most were gradual rather than steep ones I hate. Brilliant crowd support - I think most of hastings come out and cheer you on. Word of warning - make sure you stretch afterwards, I didn't as needed to get a lift, and my achillies didn't thank me for it. Date of review: February 7, 2015
In short: Amazing, despite the huge hill In full: Love this race - this is the second time I've run it and the atmosphere and generosity of the local supporters are just great. There is a big hill involved, but that's kind of nice - you feel like you've done all the hard work by 5 miles in, and you get to run down it later. A nice mix of experienced and new runners, a really welcoming atmosphere, a lovely location, and a nice marquee to wait in at the start so you don't freeze to death! Date of review: March 28, 2014
In short: Always good In full: The great thing about the Hastings half marathon is the atmosphere. The other good thing is that whilst there are super fast Kenyans etc this is a real community event. Frankly, as someone who not yet received her charity vest for the VLM yet and who was therefore running for herself it felt a bit lonely as there were so many groups for the hospice, a little boy called Christian who was being pushed round in his wheelchair, a couple of boobs ( yes really) for breast cancer care and numerous other local events and being cheered for . But that is what makes it. There is a long but gradual hill which seems to go on for ever with quite a few little sharp upturns around not he course but all the way you are being cheered and there are jelly babies, jelly beans etcetc offered by supporters. It is great! The other thing is that because it is a community event there are quite a few slow ones at the back unlike some other events where, even at 2 1/2 hours you feel pathetic and frankly that is not horrendous . The last time I did it someone took 8 hours as they had gone to every pub for charity!
Oh the brass memento is brilliant!
Any downsides..... The only one I can find is that I had to hunt for water at the finish. Most other races give you a bottle of water as you cross the line which I could really have done with.i eventually found some cups of water at the side somewhere with spectators all around the table. I also understand there was a cup of tea which I would have liked as I was caught in the hail storm literally as I finished and was very damp and cold....but that aside...a great race!