In short: Never disappoints ! In full: This is the second time I have run this race and I can't wait till next year! Great value at just £13. Fantastic cake stall! Perfect meranges! Fantastic marshals! Beautiful views! Perfect in every way! I think this race is always well organised as its all done By the Rotary club and it's not passed over to an outside company to organise, which I have found a problem in the past with other races, and because the all the organisation is all kept in house... It works!
A fantastic paramedic was on hand every step of the way in his Volvo, to make runners feel safe and secure! Thank you for giving up your day!
Keep up the fantastic work, you run a fantastic race, with no clickyness and you make everyone welcome! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
See you again next year! Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: No goody bags for slow runners :-( In full: Today was the first time I had ran this particular half marathon.
It was very difficult to find the post code for the venue, as it was not on the site and not sent out or on any of the information. Eventually I found it on a google search. I think next time Croydon hold a race, it would be helpful if they could send the post code out in the information.
They asked people to come via public transport, which I do think is a little unreasonable, after a race, you want to just jump straight in your car and go. I had absolutely no problem with parking at all. The residents seemed honoured that a race was being held in there street and pleased to see the runners!
I found the atmosphere very clubby and clicky, and as I don't belong to a club or want to belong to one, I felt very left out!
I worked really hard at this race, and this was a pre London marathon warm up for me, and I was upset at the end when there where no goodie bags left! Croydon knew how many runners where coming today, as there was no late entry on the day. I am a bit slower than some and was running at the back. There where also many runners behind me, that also worked hard to finish too, only to be told there was no goodie bag for them ether! I think if anyone deserves a goodie bag, it is the runners at the back. Such a shame!
Some of the marshal where very helpful and friendly. Thank you for giving up your day! It was a shame that RAYNET where not there though they add a feeling of security to these events.
Next year I will look for a different race to run, as my pre London warm up. Date of review: April 7, 2013
In short: Not for the faint hearted! A perfect London marathon warm up! In full: This was my first time at The Hastings Half Marathon. I did it this year as my pre London warm up. I think lots of others did too.
It was well organised, the race kinda ran it's self though. No problems at all with organisation.
The course was very steep and hilly, so I would only recommend this race to the advanced or Elite. I did se lots of people struggling.
It was a real shame it was so cold today, and I am glad the race went ahead, because the weather was very hit and miss today. Thank you for letting the race go ahead. It was well worth getting out of bed for and the 2 hour drive!
The only thing I would say, is there was no goodie bag, which is always a real shame, especially after a long race. Also no Jaffa cakes? Biscuits etc? Maybe next time? Please?! Its so nice to have a Jaffa cake fix at the end of a long hard run, so maybe the organisers can consider this for next year!?
Will be back next year! Thank you! RECOMMENDED! 9/10 Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Very good race In full: I ran the lydd half marathon today, this was the first time I had ran this particular race. I am training hard for the London marathon which is in a few weeks, and it was an excellent training race.
It was nice to see Raynet there, it always makes you feel safe a secure to know they can radio for help should any one need it.
The course was flat, so it was good for PB and speed, and I would also recomend this race to someone that would like to try a half marathon for the first time.
Towards the end of the race, at about 3 miles to go, a man in a white van drove along checking that runners where ok, which was a nice touch.
It was nice to see ST.Johns lending a hand today as well. And I noticed them go and help someone out towards the end.
I was glad that there was chip trimming, it's always nice to have it. Especially when you are training for a big event.
It was great to be able to help yourself to Jaffa cakes at the end.... There is always something nice about having them at the end of a big race!
We where lucky with the rain, it held off till I was on the motor way, in my nice warm car!
I would say that this is one of the best events I have run via nice work so far.
I hope this event is on again next year.
Thank you nice work for a brill event! Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Not impressed In full: 1)Arrived at the venue just before ten am. Was told there was no parking left. Had to drive a mile up the road and park in a narrow and busy country lane, where my car could have easily been damaged. The parking was not thought through properly.
2)On starting the race there where runners with there dogs running the race. Not only is this normally against the rules at ALL or most events but it's very dangerous, nearly tripping on the over excitable dog! The runners that did this where not being fair to others, this is a race for people NOT dogs, if it was a race for dogs, then it would have been advertised as such. Not to mention the dogs messing on the course someone could have slipped in the mess!
3) There was a serious lack of marshals on the course, which was dangerous becaus this was a mostly traffic live run. Also as a lone femal runner, I was left running down secluded lanes on my own, which was extremely dangerous. The marshals that where there where paying no attention to the runners and standing there chatting to there mates, with no regard for the runner. I even had to call out to them for direction as no hand or verbal direction was given unless asked.
4) Got to the finish only to be told there where no medals left! Finally insisted on one and got the last one, for what it was worth, cheap plastic! Was given half a cup of home made soup? And that was it.
Totally upset by the lack of pride and organisation of this race today. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Poor organisation. In full: Arrived at the venue , poor direction to the parking, which was quite far away. 10-15 minute walk to venue. Venue poorly organised. No indication where to get timming chip, walked through busy club house with many others looking for chip timming only to find it on a muddy field. Long Q's.
Start was 10 minutes up the road. Race stared ten minutes late.
Route ok, nice views.
Finish on mud bath field!
Medal ok, no goodie bag.
Totally recked my £150 trainers!
Ok, but would not do again. Needs better organisation in future. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Like running it hitlers gestapo camp! In full: Where to begin?
Got my number and pre race INSTRUCTIONS a few weeks ago. A very KURT letter , with so many instructions! No iPods / head phones! What a joke! A people where checking you where not wearing them! Well they never caught me, I had mine on under my buff! So nernernernerner! Kurt marshals, no atmosphere , very clicky and sterile. NEVER AGAIN!
I need to run to music , and asking people not to it total out of order! People where whirring there head phones under there hats, this caused no danger, we don't need nannying , we are adults !
Nice medal thats all it had going for it.
No chip timing which I find really naff! Date of review: December 2, 2012
In short: Movember In full: Not a bad little raced , seemed friendly enough , more of a fun run. Very steep hills , ok for the advanced , but I could see lots of newbies that had to walk it. I will give it an 8/10 Date of review: November 25, 2012