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
In short: Undulating In full: It's a tricky race to pace as there are some significant ascents and descents. Definitely the hilliest road race I have done but there is a good fast flat finish along the prom. Hastings folk provided great support. Not sure yet if I would do it again but if I did I would include more hill training, including fast descending as most people were flying past me. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Superbly organised, extremely friendly and excellent support In full: This is the first race in my running schedule each year. Eric Hardwick organises this event superbly, with a great team behind him. Excellent baggage facilities and great music throughout the 13 miles, including a number of local churches. A unique brass is give to each finisher. The people of Hastings and neighbouring villages come out in numbers to make it such a spectacular race, Hilly, yes, but as much down as up Date of review: March 22, 2015