In short: Alleyway finish line, chaoic start too muddy in places In full: Unfortunate to put the finish line squeezed between a building and river so supporters couldn't see, a false start with 'Dr Who?' count down then a separate 'on your marks' which created a bit of fun at the start.
For a City marathon, there were too many public footpaths with small gaps to squeeze through, also a few stretches that would be more at home in a trail run and there must be ways to avoid this.
Loved the entertainment, choir, bagpipe and a trumpet player added to the occasion.
Unfortunately I wouldn't do this one again as the route wasn't closed roads as advertised, but partial closures which caused major problems getting into the City an hour before the start.
Mile signage rare, only the first water stop had any notice that it was coming, pre race only stated about every 3 miles, not sure I saw one at mile 9?
Hopefully the teething problems will sort themselves out similar to how Cardiff improved eventually after they decided to go bigger. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Fantastic scenery to take your mind off the hills! In full: Took this one quite easy as not done a lot of training and was quite last minute. Well organised, with a nice downhill before the killer hills arrived.
Support and marshalls were great, all with a smile on their faces. Great value for money and I'll be back next year trained to race it. Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: A long but enjoyable day, ache all over the next day! In full: A great race, obstacles were harder than expected when cobined, my muscles were like jelly afterwards! Price was justifiable due to the tech t-shirt, very good goody bag and the cost of putting the obstacles together.
Only critisism was the queue for the obstacles, having a 5 minute wait for each of the last 2 was painful.
Very enjoyable day, looking forward to next year. Date of review: October 5, 2009
In short: Fantastic one off race - highlight of my year In full: Great celebration of the centenary. Hopefully this is a one off so it can be one I can say 'I did that'! Excellent organisation as come to be expected from the Half. Well done to Eric and all involved in organising this fantastic event. Date of review: December 16, 2008
In short: Excellent organisation. With very little wind on the seafront for a change. In full: Love this race, it hurts most of the way up, then it hurts on the way down. Another good show from the residents of Hastings banging their pans and the choirs all out singing. Very well organised and will always be a favourite of mine. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: The hills hurt!!! In full: Was doing - steady 10 min miles, until around 18/19 miles when the hills got too much and had to walk most of the rest of the ups. Marshals were very supportive and good humored which was definitely needed. Really enjoyed as my first marathon (ultra?), see how the hill training goes as to whether I do it next year though! Date of review: May 8, 2007