Hastings Half Marathon
The Hastings Half Marathon is organised by The Hastings Lions Club to raise monies for needy causes, and to promote our Historic and Wonderful town of Hastings. Runners are encouraged to raise monies for their own special causes that are close to their Heart. It is ideal preparation for the London Marathon, both in training, and getting big event experience in a 5000 strong field.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
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Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Hastings Half Marathon Course
The Event is run under UK Athletic Rules, and is well marshalled with first class Medical Support. The course circumnavigates the Ancient Town of Hastings, starting at the Seafront and following the route of William the Conqueror towards Battle, round the back of the Town and down to the Famous 'Old Town' and fishing Village of Hastings, then comes back along the three mile Seafront back to where you started. Although tough for the first part of the course, runners have produced some very fast times and PB's, as the last two-thirds is Flat or Downhill, and then the finish on the Promenade. The Event is for all runners of All Ability to achieve your own special Goal.
Fantastic Crowd Support. Good value, as Programme and Race Results included in the entry fee.
Come by road or train (as the station is not far from the start/finish line), or by Sea or Air! Plenty of Accommodation. Enter early, as Hastings has been popular with Visitors since 1066! More Details click on required information.
In addition to being a well organised run, can offer Chip to Chip as well as Gun to Chip timing. A professional photography company will be taking photos, which can be ordered 'on line'. We intend to offer even more entertainment around the route, with four bands, two disco's, two choirs and a cheerleader group. We want to give runners value for money, and an experience they will remember.
This is an event not to be missed.