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Hastings Parkrun

Review by Simon Linklater

Posted Sunday 8th September 2019

Parkrun. What an amazing event. What a great way to start the weekend.

Smiles, laughter, chit chat, hugs, handshakes, high 5s and even singing. Ok so this week at Hastings was slightly different given it was my birthday, but seeing friendly familiar faces is a sure fire way to improve your mood.

Hastings is my home town. I’m part of the running club. So when I rock up on a Saturday morning at 9am I must see at least 50 people I know. I love it.

For those of you not familiar with Hastings parkrun it’s held on the promenade. The first and last km are the same (run in opposite directions), but at 1km you drop down onto the lower level, run under bottle abbey and come back up by pier. You get a nice stretch where you pass runners going the other way. The perfect opportunity to offer encouragement. On this occasion another cry of “Happy Birthday Simon”. I love that little stretch.

The course returns on the upper promenade and apart from a few small ramps it is pretty much dead flat. It offers a great opportunity for a PB or fast time. Perhaps check the forecast and the wind speed, as that’s often the biggest obstacle for runners.

The event regularly gets over 300 runners but there is ample parking. I head down Cinque Ports Way, take a left after the car wash and there is a free car park. As long as you don’t rock up at 8.59am you should find room to park there. 

The event is always well marshalled and the volunteers are amazing, offering encouragement on the route.

Saturday was my 72nd parkrun, all at Hastings. I ran my quickest time for 3 years. If you’ve never been, come down to Hastings and give the parkrun a try. It’s a lovely town to spend a day or weekend exploring.

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