In short: Incredible crowd - thank you In full: couldn't have been more friendly. Off the train, short walk to the start where they more than happily re-issued me with a new number, as being a cretin I'd lost mine,and away we went. Tricky hills but fantastic support that carried you through.
Walk back to the station to catch the train in time to get back to London for the rugby to kick off. Perfect day.
Loved the 'Slow Down' sign at the end of the first big descent which made me chuckle, would love to have seen a 'Speed Up' at 10 miles just to round it off. Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Brilliant day out ! In full: I really enjoyed this, my first Hasting Half Marathon, will definitely do it next year logistics allowing. The course was great, I like hills and it did not dissappoint fantastic steady 2.5 mile hill climb at the beggining and then some further ups and downs before a longer drop down to the seafront. The 3 miles on the seafront seem to take forever but dig deep and save something for a sprint home
The park + ride was excellent and I would say to anyone driving to make use of this. People complaining about lack of parking in town should use this, it was clearly advertised in the programme, I arrived at 10am at the park + ride and got to the start 10 mins before the race no problems.
Great support throughout the race, really uplifting, thanks to all those who came out to clap and cheer on the runners it got me through in 1hr 47mins
Yes the goodies bag could have been better but if that's the reason you enter a half marathon then you're doing it for the wrong reasons, the way I figured it the money saved on the goody meant more money to the Hasting Lions charity organisation
All in all a really great day out Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: A good race, hills are a nightmare and you do need to train for these. The longest goes on for over 2 and half miles. The support was amazing, local villages come out in their hundreds! really helps you on. Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Great crowds how many hills!!! In full: I ran this race for the first time in 10 years. I remembered the long hill but had blocked out all the others inbetween. The crowds are fantastic especially at the Six Mile mark. I stayed overnight at the White Rock Hotel who allowed us comeback and have a shower even after I had checked out. Did feel the finish was a little choatic difficult to get to the drinks tables. I will be back next year hope the weathers as good!!!!!! Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Nice party atmosphere, great support and well organised In full: This is my second time with this, my home town race. Much slower than last year, but it was also a lot warmer. Great support around the course and well marshalled. Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: What goes up must come down In full: My first ever attempt at a half marathon and due to a charity bet with a colleague D-Day would be in Hastings. The hills were good, event though they didn't seem to stop for quite a while. The downhills helped blisters grow on most parts of my feet. The crowds were very supportive and helped tired legs to complete the course. Hitting the wall after 11 miles and the never ending run in alone the seafront took an age but I came home with 1.41 which I'm happy with. Need to beat that next year.
My major gripe is with the park and ride. No signs to find where to catch it after the race, although I went for some lunch and it seemed that the ride had stopped. I ended up walking 3 miles back to my car. Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Nice race but In full: I made a 4 hour journey on the reputation of the race. Great course and super support round the circuit. Lovely weather and some nice views & descent through Hastings old town and along the front brilliant. Organisation at start rather chaotic : one small entrance to baggage/sales tent; never did find the portaloos. time zoning unclear. Rather steep entry fee for one horse brass - though the free cup of good tea made up (a bit)The two showers at the International College did good service but fortunately all 5000 runners weren't queuing.Found out free swim was 4/5 miles away so didn't try that. A course profile would have been useful. Shame finish order wasn't on the chip, but I gather that's usual. Glad I did it, but I shan't be back. Date of review: March 12, 2007