In short: For a half with such a long hill to start with this was great! Freezing cold but spectators still made it to the top to support! Made it very special, well done everyone who helped! Date of review: April 4, 2013
In short: The 'Hilly Hastings Half' strikes again! In full: This was my eighth participation in a row. Why? Because it is such a magnificent race, and a better half marathon is hard to find, in my view. The organisation was superb as always, so once again a great many thanks to Hastings Lions Club. They will need more support next year as Hastings Borough Council and Spar will no longer be able to give full support, for reasons best known to them.
Many thanks to the marshals, police, drinks station volunteers and everyone who had to stand there in the bitterly cold weather, so unusual for this time of year. I loved the Grey Owl horse brass, a wonderful memento. Next year is the 30th Anniversary of this wonderful race, so yours truly will be back, make no mistake. Wonderful crowd support along the way too, I nearly cried when I saw those dear physically handicapped patients from Mary House along the Ridge, watching the race go by and enjoying it as far as they could do so. Bless them. Thank you all, and once again to Hastings Lions Club for all their efforts year on year. Long may it continue. Date of review: March 28, 2013
In short: Amazing support In full: 4th time and it gets better each year.(maybe because I managed a PB this time.) Its very well organised and the crowd support couldnt be better. One of the colder runs of the year but fine once warmed up. The free hot tea at the end was very much appreciated. Date of review: March 27, 2013
In short: Awesome In full: This has to be the best hm i've done.......actually its the only hm i've done, in fact its my first race ever lol. However, i had an amazing time despite the freezing conditions. Proud to say my home town support was fantastic, music, jelly babies and oranges along the way. Flippin hilly, but hey I live here, so no real surprise and what goes up must come down. I will be back! Date of review: March 27, 2013
In short: The old ones are the best In full: Yes it was cold. Yes it was hilly. Yes, the park and ride seems to be (I got the train, so can't comment). But this race is something special. The locals come out and support, even in bad weather, handing out oranges and jelly babies and telling you this is definitely the last hill (don't believe them!) and tea on the walk back to the station. The local support, as opposed to moaning about road closures etc, has been built up over decades in this well established event and it is what makes me come back to this race. I'll be back again. On the train, of course. Date of review: March 27, 2013
In short: The marshals and other volunteers should all be given medals for being out in that cold! In full: Wonderful race and good to run it without having to worry about sun burn for once! Thank you to everyone involved in the race for braving the cold and making it a special day. If you have never done Hastings, you really should. It has to be one of the best half marathons in the country. Date of review: March 26, 2013
In short: Loved this half In full: My first time running Hastings half and it really lived up to my expectations. Brilliant race, loved every minute of it. There are a lot of hills, but I did plenty of hill training beforehand and was prepared for a lot worse than what it actually was. Once you get past the 9 mile mark it is all downhill or flat from there and after 5 miles the worst is over. It was bitterly cold, but people still came out to support and hand out jelly babies and oranges. I ran the London Marathon last year and, although smaller, the support is much the same in Hastings. It was a bit bottle necked at the end of the race and I have no idea where the post race drinks were, but apart from that can't complain. I'm not the fastest runner, my PB on a half is 1:56:00 and I got 1:59:45 on this one, which I was very pleased with considering my slow pace up the hills and the coldness. I would have been happy anything sub 2:10 after what I read when I booked my place. Definitely will be back next year - thanks Hastings! Date of review: March 26, 2013
In short: Great race and support but park and ride needs sorting out... In full: My first Hastings Half and I really enjoyed it, despite the freezing weather.
Pros - Incredible support and atmosphere. I was amazed at the number of spectators who turned up across the vast majority of the course to not only cheer and shout but also play music (including a DJ in his own garden after 6 miles!) and hand out Jelly Babies, oranges and water. As always a massive thanks go to the marshalls as well. How they stay warm for that long I'll never know. - The Park & Ride on the way to the race worked well, with that and other parking options well signposted. - The finish along the waterfront was great and would have been even better had the sun shone! - Good to have a different medal and I think it works well that if you want a souvenir t-shirt etc. then you can buy one after rather than pay a higher entry fee and get one in a goody bag.
Cons - The Park & Ride on the way back was shambolic. There was only one bus and it was taking around 20-30 mins to do a round trip. I waited for an hour in the freezing cold, which is less than ideal at any time, let alone after a 2 hour run. I felt sorry for the people who also had children with them. This needs to be sorted for next year (particularly if the weather is better and there are less drop outs), otherwise people will opt to drive to the start instead.
However, even after the annoyance of getting back to the car the overall day was excellent and I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 26, 2013
In short: As ever, a great race... In full: As ever, excellent organisation and a great atmosphere. Despite the very cold March weather (barely 1°C), the good people of Hastings came out in their droves and once again made this the great half marathon that it is. Well done to all those involved in its organisation. (Always good to hear the drum and bagpipes at the start.) Date of review: March 26, 2013