In short: As ever, a great race... In full: As ever, excellent organisation and a great atmosphere. Despite the very cold March weather (barely 1°C), the good people of Hastings came out in their droves and once again made this the great half marathon that it is. Well done to all those involved in its organisation. (Always good to hear the drum and bagpipes at the start.) Date of review: March 26, 2013
In short: Not Good. In full: Where in the pack did it mention a chip and from where it should be collected? If it did, I didn't see it, or receive that information. Where was the free t-shirt mentioned on this site? Where was the free beanie hat mentioned in the pack? Why were people not handing these out at the end? Why was nothing, other than the course, signed? Most of the marshalls might as well have not been there as they were both cheerless and unable to answer questions. As you can see from my other race reviews, I am very easy to please when it comes to races. But this was far too messy in terms of organisation.
At least the BHF got my money.
A word of advice to the BHF. Don't waste your charity's money on posting pointless glossy leaflets, and perhaps instead invest it in signs, or at the very least, CLEAR pre-race instructions.
It's a nice place to run and for a good cause so I wouldn't rule out running it again, but would I know what to expect. Perhaps post lace chips out in the pack. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: A good race to start the year. In full: A good race, only the slightest of inclines throughout. As such it's a fairly quick course. Look out for the potholes. Results are up quickly. Good, safe bag storage and a good sized hall to contain the runners. No medal—if like that sort of thing.
For the first time in running I encountered an excessively aggressive runner. A little v50 tried to physically push me off the course because he was having trouble passing me. To him I'd like to say, don't be so unsporting. Run your own race, and don't interfere with mine. Other than that it's a good race. Date of review: January 27, 2013
In short: Well worth turning up for In full: The course was improved by lessening the Galley hill part. This helped keep the course fast. I took a good 25 seconds of my PB here. As the course is fast I'm surprised that this doesn't attract more runners, especially that it's held on such a nice seafront. Very well organised. Chip timing. Nice medal too. Date of review: October 5, 2012
In short: A fairly challenging but worthwhile race In full: A fairly challenging but worthwhile race. Despite the wind and a wee bit of rain this year courtesy of hurricane Nadine, it was, and always is a good race. Tough in parts with a welcome descent to the finish. Beers, cakes and apples to come back to. Always a nice atmosphere at this one. Can't believe I almost got a PB here. Managed to win some wine as well. Great stuff! Thanks 'Nice Work' and people of Beckley. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Tough In full: A tough course. Felt like it was mostly up hill. It was well organised and marshalled, but not what I would call an enjoyable run, but perhaps that says something about my fitness. A good hill session was had though, and perhaps that's just what I needed. Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: Great race, but can we go back to the flat course? In full: This is a somewhat distant retrospective review, but I thought that inclusion of the hill—though not in itself dreadful—takes the edge of this being the really fast, flat course that it once was. This was my all time favourite race until they did this. Always a good atmosphere though and it's well supported and organised. Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: As ever, a great race... In full: As ever, a great race. Despite the hills, many gained PBs this year! Great support from the crowd especially through the town. Nice one Battel Bonfire Boys! Date of review: September 2, 2012
In short: A very well organised relay which is great fun In full: This is such a well organised event. There are 5 stages at various distances which must take a great deal of planning to run as smoothly as this did. Teams came in from all over, including the US. The relay consisted of a good mixture of serious club runners and 'Sunday' runners.
I heard a few grumbles about mud from some of the London based runners. What the hell did you expect to find when it's been raining pretty much non stop for a month in rural Sussex?
Well done to Nick Brown and the much needed marshals. I will be back for to try a different stage next year. Date of review: May 11, 2012