• Cost: £30

  • Terrain: Closed Roads

  • Course Map: Strava

  • Entries: 3363

  • 2019 Results: CLICK HERE

  • Start/Finish: TN38 0AE

  • Organiser: Eric Hardwick

Organisation 100%
Route 70%
Value 85%
Atmosphere 100%
PB Potential 20%

Hastings Half Marathon

Review by Simon Linklater

As Hastings is my home town and the half marathon inspired me to take up running in the first place then this review may be a tad bias. 3 times I have run it now with varying results. My quickest time is 2:00:14 (I know, 15 seconds #nobhead) and my slowest was 2:37.

I’ve run it in 15 degrees and I’ve run it in -2 degress. I will start by saying the course is tough. A few smelly inclines early on, but the real challenge is Queensway. It arrives just before the 3 mile marker.  The hill itself is quite gradual but goes on for nearly 3 miles and has a total elevation of 120 metres. Just be prepared it’s coming. You’ve been warned.

But once you reach the top, the hardest bit is complete. There are still a few hills to tackle but around 8.5 miles in you run downhill to the seafront and then along the promenade (hopefully not into the wind).

The Hastings Half is superbly organised and run by Eric Hardwick MBE. A legend in Hastings and a truly lovely bloke. The atmosphere makes the race for me. I’ve yet to experience a half marathon quite like it, even in a big city like Southampton.

You get the impression the whole town have come out to support and there are so many parts of the course where both sides of the street are lined with enthusiastic supporters. Drummers, bands, choirs and loud music add to this atmosphere and you soon forget about how tired your legs are feeling from dolly stepping your way up Queensway.

I always enjoy the last 4 miles too. Running through the old town and then along the seafront is one of my favourite locations to train. So to do the route in the race itself is a real buzz.

My club Hastings Runners are always well represented with their black and green vests. Give them your support and encouragement if you see them, I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to have a chat, just don’t try and start a conversation heading up, you guessed it, the dreaded Queensway.

Given it’s difficult, achieving a half marathon PB is unlikely, but for anyone training for the Spring Marathons, perhaps Brighton or London, Hastings Half acts as great preparation for those challenges that lie await.

If you’ve done Hastings Half in the past then please share an honest review below. Whether you loved it or hated it, it’s always nice to get other runners to share their race experiences.

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