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
In short: Nice atmosphere, challenging but rewarding course In full: My second Hastings Half and I enjoyed it much more this year when I knew what was coming. As ever, the Scouts, Marshalls, voluteers and locals were wonderful as ever. I really hope the town and local charities really proposer from this great event. Like many other out-of-towners, I stayed overnight and spent money over the course of the weekend, bringing business to the area. Exactly what should happen. A gentle reminder to the guys in the commentary box, I know it's really important to keep supporting your local charities and groups, but also, some more to us out of towners too? It makes such a difference to hear out names cheered along too. That's a small point - your marshalls and local folk are as fabulous as ever. It's so great to come and join in the atmosphere and enjoy the support. Well done! Any possibility of more portaloos? That's what everyone asks! Looking forward to next year - I'll be making another weekend of it and loving it! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: A bit more than a stroll along the prom, prom, prom!.. In full: Firstly, thanks go to the bus drivers, race organisers and those scouts handing out the water, with a huge thankyou to all the people of St Leonards for their warm welcome to their town and, yes, even the Church was in full support of us runners.
The run was suprising undulating, shall we say, with a few quick downhills to pay us back. A cracking race with 5000 people on the course, but I think a better half marathon in the Solent Half with it's staggering views and is very flat. Well done to the RunnersWorld pace makers for setting an even pace and for the chat near the finish. Date of review: March 21, 2010