In short: Hastings should be proud of this proper half. In full: My first time doing this one, it has the feel of an event which has been going for some time with quite a bit going on at the start finish area.
The first five is hard with a mix short sharp hills and then a long drag, but you benefit from this at nine to ten miles and then it is a flat run along the seafront.
The crowd support was really really good even on what was a bitterly cold day.
A really good run in all, with drinks including hot tea at the finish which was perfect for today's conditions.
Its proper half marathon so please don't change it and start handing out cheap goody bags or neon t shirts at the end by adding 10 quid to the price, the race with its athosphere stands on its own merit.
In short: Roll on 2014! In full: done! 14th time I've done this one and still enjoy it (even the Hill)!Learnt over the years to ignore the park n ride and just get there early and grab some on-road parking. 14 Horse Brasses are probably worth a fair ammount as scrap! Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: No luxury but runs like clockwork In full: Still a great race. There are some hills, but if you're prepared for them it can be a fast course. The friendliness among other runners is great and beaten only by the support of the town - in every sort of weather, as shown today in the freezing temperatures. If you're interested in experiencing a great half marathon - do this. If you're in it for the goody bag, it's not one for you. I did see a long queue, which must have been for the park and ride and that would have been unacceptable to me given the temperature (or lack of temperature) we had today Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Challenging and uninspiring route. Bitterly cold. In full: Disappointing event. No secure bag drop, only one bus running to and from the park and ride so runners left freezing for almost an hour waiting for a lift back. No goody bag. On the positive side the event was well supported but I wouldn't make the trek to Hastings again. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Cold but as brilliant as ever In full: Absolutely freezing....but as good as ever. Helpful wind pushing along the seafront at the end was very welcome.Best race in sussex bar none. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Proud to finish the race wearing the Vegan Runners club vest In full: A great race, fantastic crowd, pity about the Sun and the park n ride bus, waited over half an hour and wondering when hyperthermai might set in. But overall a wonderful, wonderful experience despite the desperately low temperatures Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere which made a very cold morning glow with warmth In full: A big thank you to the people of Hastings who came out in large numbers with rattles, claxons, saucepans, church choirs, oranges and jelly babies to cheer us on. A great event that runners should support, if you haven't run the Hastings Half before make sure you do next year, it is the 30th anniversary. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Bitter Cold but fun In full: Did this race in 2011 and said never again! Was so cold on the top of the ridge. Well organised apart from having to wait for over an hour for the bus back to the park and ride. 3 buses going there and only 1 coming back, it felt like -5 in my running kit. Survived the run but died waiting for the bus!!! Date of review: March 24, 2013