In short: Fab race - but a toughy! In full: Being a local I love the Hastings Half - a nice mix of scenery including the old town - every changing route that makes a nice change from some lap races. Excellent support as always - I have never seen such a huge amount of local supporters at any race, including bands, crowds and lots of refreshments. Having said that, it is always tough - some big hills, Queensway being a killer couple of miles uphill. This year with some intensive hill training managed to smash 16 mins off last years time. Also v impressed with the text message service for chip times - very good idea, definitely appreciated by all I ran with. I will be back next year! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Great support all round the course which really keeps you going. In full: There is nothing I can say but good about this race, apart from the 1919ft assent up until mile seven, but then it is all down hill, all the mile markers were spot on and the race marshalls were excellent. The support from the general public was immense, some brought jelly babies, bananas, oranges and others brought out pots and pans to bang on just to spur you on. Many thanks to all the kids who were helping at the water stations, and a big thank you to the organisers for the free tea and coffee at the end of the race. Awesome race day. Thank you. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Thank you Hastings In full: I really enjoyed this. Wish I'd done a bit more hill training as the first six miles were hard work. The organisation was generally good. Really appreciated the hard work of the marshalls and Scouts around the course handing out drinks and bits of fruit. Thanks also to the Guides who provided tea at the end - very welcome. The people of Hastings did themselves proud with the support around the course. A great experience - will definitely come back. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Yet again Hastings shows the others how to put on a race In full: Weather was great, support incredible and yet again this proves to be a highlight. The medal were not the usual brass mounted on a leather martingale (for the 1st 500) which was a shame as it is always nice to get these.
Goody bags seemed to run out for those finishing further back - my wife did not get one and still came in in the top half of the finishers.
That said it is a special race and will be back for more next year. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Found the hills challenging so no PB - but respectable time! In full: The start/finish area could have been laid out better and unless I missed a whole raft of them somewhere, better portaloo provision would have been great. The best thing about this race for me was the support along the way - excellent. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: The best supported race I've done. Hills a challenge but I smashed my PB! In full: Fantastic support, especially from the churches and pubs. Challenging run, but really enjoyed it. Felt the end could have been better organised as I had to ask someone where I could find water, but free tea for runners was a nice touch. Oh and would have considered getting the hoodie if the ladies one wasn't such an awful pink colour! Date of review: March 21, 2010