In short: Extremely enjoyable In full: I thoroughly enjoyed Hasting H/M. I felt the supporters were magnificent throughout and there were some great bands around the track. Particularly enjoyed the steel band around 6 miles, where I had a little dance!
The course was the most challenging I had done, but not the behemouth that I had feared, and I managed to come home with a PB of 1:45, which i am so so pleased about (and slightly suprised given the courses reputation) The frendliness of the event will definitely see you through in a good time, as long as you have put in the right training for what is some tough hills.
Some minor grumbles now..... 1. I felt the T-shirts were very over priced. £18 for what I have been used to getting for free at some events. Having said that, it was my choice to buy it, and it is a nice item with the numbers on the back. 2. No goody-bags. I was a dissapointed with the whole after-race care as a whole. No bags, no channeling and no free water stops (that I could see).All the massage tables etc seemed to be charging a fee as well.
However, this are more constructive criticisms so do not let this spoil the review and sign up for next year! A great event! Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: That was my 6th and will be back again! In full: An excellent atmosphere as usual, half mile marker definitely wrong and finished in 1hr46 (just off PB) but no goodie bags to be seen. Wish I'd realised just how hot it was and I would have put some sun protection on my face!
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In short: Very disappointing In full: I was looking forward to this race as I had heard so much about it, but unfortunately it fell down on 2 very key areas! Firstly, I arrived in Hastings in good time - only to get to the sea front to see the marshalls holding all cars up and more intersted in getting the race started than actually getting the runners on the start line. Thanks to a young marshall who spotted me in my car - he allowed me to park the car on double yellows and join once the race had already begun. The second major issue I have is on the 'goodie' bag you are meant to receive on completion. Baring in mind we have all paid to compete in this race and have worn a number with a huge 'SPAR' logo on it - I finished in approx top 25% - only to get told they had run out of bags. This is an outrage as this is saying SPAR only catered for a quarter of all runners! Surely if you know you have sold 8000 entries - you cater for this many too. I would like to know why this happened? Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Killer of a first half, but the local support gets you through. In full: Parking in the town is impossible, so we used the Park and Ride which was very well organised and got you to the start on time. The hills in the first half never seemed to end but the support throughout, especially the surrounding villages was superb - a great atmosphere. The heat made it all the more challenging. Jumping in the sea for an instant ice-bath afterwards was ideal. The kids loved it as a day out too. A ribbon for the medal would have been good so we could all wear our prize with pride ! Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Very hilly, expect to run a few minutes slower, but great atmosphere. In full: Great weather this year, good organisation and superb crowd support. The mile markers were very all very accurate although the "half way" mark wasn't. There are a couple of short sharp hills at the start followed by a long 2 mile drag that climbs about 400 feet. The hardest part in many ways is the long downhill on tired legs followed by a flat 2 mile run-in to the finish which always seems much longer. Chip timing and a horse brass mounted on a leather martingale complete the package. With nearly 5000 entrants, the course should be crowded but seems to cope well. Don't let the hills put you off, it's a good event for all abilities. Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Fabulous sunday morning run in the sun! In full: The sunshine obviously made it, and even the hills were bearble with wonderful support all round the course. more water would`ve be fab but who could have expected the heat and sunshine? not enough pubs near the end to see the spurs v chelsea kick off but eventually found a grotty bar on the sea front and caught up with the action! Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: A great south run! In full: This is a very challenging half made tougher this year by warm temperatures by the seaside. The rigours of the course are balanced out by some fantastic support from the local people and the atmosphere reminded me more of the Great North Run...but with a more interesting route and better views! Recommended...but get some hill training in! Date of review: March 12, 2007