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: Excellent organaisation and wonderfully scenic In full: This was my 2nd time, last year I pb'd I've run this, both times as a follow up to a major city marathon, this year it was my 3rd in 7 weeks having done Rome in March and London in April. Hills are a minor inconvenience, not so big as the rumours suggest they are and the wind was unrelenting but this is a very special marathon superbly organised by people who love their event. Big thank you to the cadets, marshalls, water station folk and baggage girls, and the womna who kept holding up the motivational signs which made me smile - everyone involved was fantastic. Thank you, I will definately be back for the 21st Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: A Top Notch Event In full: My first Halstead Marathon but definitely not my last. Undulating scenic course, cannot fault the organisation, parking arrangements, or the goody bag. With a p.b it's already gone in the diary for next year. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Nice race but the organisation was a shambles In full: This race has so much potential but is spoilt by lack of organisation. With a few more road closures to avoid the narrow pathways it could become a great race. Unfortunately the day will be remembered for the lack of a PA system so no anouncements for the start. Lack of marhalls at the water station, chaos at the baggage handling area, a big shame all round. Date of review: April 14, 2013