In short: Potential to be a very good race In full: City races round housing estates and industrial parks can be dull at times but this wasn't like that at all. The city scenery changing constantly
I actually enjoyed the olympic park bit as it again gave a change in scenery although do agree they could have designed that bit better to also go past stadium, orbit, swimming pool to make it a full lap rather than a few out and backs.
Start pens weren't very well designed meaning i started at the back despite trying to join the sub 2 pen.
Not certain how many people didn't get water as all water stations were stocked when i went past them and i was late in the field. They were badly designed as should be much longer which did cause a crush.
I did see a lot of people collapsed but all seemed to be getting medical attention. Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Hills? No none of them around here In full: I do forget how much fun some charity races are. For a reasonable entry fee and a few quid donation to the cause you get a very cheery village full of happy people (even the seasoned club runners put a smile on their faces). You get a good course, this one flat as a pancake with a sea view, lots of cheering spectators, good lot of water (pretty much every mile, although it was in cups) and a jolly mention by the mc when you cross the finish line. All good stuff. Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: A nice course but small touches let it down In full: A nice and challenging course with some nice views at times. Hills are tough particularly as the organisers say the significant climbs are before 5 miles, they keep going until 9. People of Hastings were very vocal and good fun, although they do lie.
The big issue for me is just how busy it is. Not on the course but the start/finish area was packed, making it very difficult to get some water at the finish, perhaps they need to extend the runner only finish enclosure further and put the water in there.
Parking was a pain, got there an hour before to find the car parks full and had a good 15 min walk from where I parked on the streets.
It does makes me question if this site can handle the number of people this brings in. Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Great Run team do it again In full: You do the Great Runs for the atmosphere and there was lots to go round here. lots of places for spectators to watch the race lots of music points on the course.
Could have done with a few more signs above head height in the runners only section to show where baggage & pens were.
Hill was tough but nothing anyone should be afraid of Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Woolmer race - Think we were lucky with the weather In full: Not as Brutal as I imagined but would have been a different story had it rained in the past couple of weeks. They still found a fair amount of mud though.
Nice start to the cross country season, looking forward to the next two. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Great Course need to work on organisation In full: Really enjoyed the race itself, picturesque for a charity road race and some good views of the palace and grounds. Quite challenging for a charity race.
the 2 announcers need to be coordinated. one saying get to the start, the other saying start delayed. With the heat needed to say how long it would be delayed for so that people could get into shade. Also was describing which pen to get in by the way he was faced (towards the palace) and not the way we were coming in (away from the palace) so left & rights were round the wrong way.
Toilets need to be better signed, particularly the ones in the palace itself. Date of review: October 20, 2011