In short: Great atmosphere, great run In full: Serious PB potential here, wiped 2:40 off my previous best. Steep but very short hill near the start, then a long but shallow incline until about 5 miles. Then pretty much flat and downhill. Great support all the way round, some sections reminded me of Tour de France with the crowd on the road! Nice horse brass medal, something different. Well organised. A few people have reported results issues. Welcome cup of tea at the finish. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: A great half-marathon In full: A challenging, interesting and rewarding course. Very well marshalled and supported and very smooth organisation. Nice mememto and fantastic atmosphere. Used the shower/changing facilities at the Sea Cadets afterwards which was great. All in all a great race and I'll be back to take on the hills again! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Hilly but very well supported In full: Thank you to the organisers and all the wonderful supporters for making this such a smashing race. Beautiful weather made the day even better. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Firm but fair. In full: Tried this 3 years earlier on the back of no training - it was terrible. Tackled agian with some decent banked miles and it was a great event. Hard and hilly for 6 miles and then relatively down hill or flat onwards. Great local support and a race that has everything in my opinion. Date of review: April 24, 2013
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