In short: Back for my 8th time In full: A great race, yes the inclines are testing but the course is enjoyable and as always the local support is amazing. very well organised. Date of review: April 19, 2015
In short: Great choice for my first Half Marathon In full: Having never done an organised run (plenty of cycle rides) I chose Hastings due to the date and proximity. Atmosphere was fantastic with great support from the town. Can't understand why results are published in gross times and not net, Half Marathon is from the start to the finish not adding the time it took to cross the start line which in my case was 2 mins 14 secs. As a newcomer I overestimated my target time by 15 mins and started too far back. Still really enjoyed the day and will be back. Date of review: April 10, 2015
In short: Brilliant atmosphere, apart from perhaps a few city marathons, I cant imagine a better supported race event In full: Great organisation, brilliantly supported by Hastings public, music, refreshments and jelly babies galore! Bravo! Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: Well done, Hastings. Just as good as ever. In full: As ever, all good. Atmosphere, crowds, course, water stations, bagpipers, hot teas, staff and so on. A happy day. Date of review: March 26, 2015
In short: What goes up must (eventually) come down In full: Second time doing the Hastings Half - a real credit to the seaside town. The course provides a good challenge for all runners. The first 5-6 miles are uphill - nothing too aggressive, find a rhythm and stick with it! Then a few undulating miles, before a hairpin turn at around 9mi and then downhill to the coast for a 2mi dash down the prom.
Great organisation, great 'Brass', plenty of support, plenty of jelly babies, what's not to like? Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Tough but PB potential In full: I ran this for the second year and smashed my PB by 8 minutes. It's a challenging course for the first 7 miles with the hills, but the final 6 miles is either downhill or flat. Excellent organisation as always, and the crowd support is amazing. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Great course In full: Exceptional race, exciting course with gruelling ups and exhilarating downs, very well supported and the Mother of All Brass Medals at the finish. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: Well done Hastings, Brilliant Everything. In full: Second time I have done this race (missed it last year due to Rome Marathon) and it will definately not the last. The hills on the first half are tough especially the one up Queensway which seems to go on for ages. But what goes up always comes down, the downhills were very fast. Exciting fast section through the town near the end which was full of bellowing supporters, and I loved the last couple of miles along the seafront. Amazing organisation and fantastic crowd support, high fives all the way! Big thanks to the marshall for standing outside in the chilly wind. The free hot tea at the end was a nice touch, and the horses brass medal is great. Will definately be in the diary for 2016 and for many to come!
In short: The undulating course with a mix of hiils and fast down sections is what makes this a wonderfully challenging half marathon .Absolutely fantastic crowds almost along most of the course . I Date of review: March 23, 2015