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
In short: Park and Ride shambles !!! In full: My first time here.Really enjoyed the race and a big thanks to the marshals who had to stand there in that bone freezing weather.The support and entertainment around the course was brilliant even on the country stretches. But the park and ride was not good.I imagine the bus company gave their services free but with an event of this size a two single decker shuttle before the start and just one after was clearly inadequate.I am sure people would be happy to pay for a better service. We had to wait in a very long queue for over an hour out in freezing conditions,not ideal after running a half marathon,even people in coats were shaking with the cold. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: you go up, up and up....then down, down and down In full: my first half marathon wasn't helped by a stiff calf from mile 4 but glad I persisted becuase the supporters and marshals young and old really made this race one to remember as they had to stand around in the freezing (and I mean freezing) cold for a couple of hours. I was obviously lucky with the Park and Ride as I only waited for 10 minutes but this will need sorting out next year (only one bus at the end...) or nobody will use what is potentially a great service. All in all though a very memorable run and thanks to the easterly wind as I would never have made the last three miles without it! Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Great out and back course with a fast finish In full: Yes it was not the warmest,but we had no snow, and the wind did not bite that much once you got going. The long drag from 3 up to 5 miles was challenging but once you got on to the top of the ridge you have broken the back of the race(with the odd sneaky climb thrown in later for good measure).Down hill from mile 9 allowing for a negative split. Smashed my PB by an amazing 5 minutes. Crowds so supportive, similar to the Great North Run. A must Date of review: March 25, 2013