The Hastings Half-Marathon is celebrating its 40th year, and runners from near and far are gearing up to participate in this iconic event. With over 3,000 runners expected to take part in the race, the atmosphere is buzzing with excitement and anticipation. The hilly 13.1 mile route promises a challenging yet rewarding experience, with participants treated to stunning views of the town’s seafront along the way.
Runners preparing for the half-marathon

One of the highlights of this year’s event is the presence of 10 dedicated runners who have participated in all 39 previous Hastings Half-Marathons. Their commitment and dedication to the race showcase the strong community spirit that the event embodies. Hastings Lions Club president, Dave Luck, describes the half-marathon as a “fantastic local event” that brings the community together in support of a great cause.

One touching story that stands out this year is that of runner Phil Robinson and his family, who are running to honor his mother, Sylvia Huggett, the only woman to have completed all 39 previous Hastings Half-Marathons. The Robinson family’s tradition of participating in the race every five years to support Sylvia and raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice highlights the heartwarming impact of the event on participants and the community.
Participants crossing the finish line

As the countdown to race day begins, the excitement is palpable, and runners of all ages are gearing up to take on the challenge. From seasoned veterans to first-time participants, each runner has their own personal motivation and story to share. The camaraderie and sense of achievement that the Hastings Half-Marathon fosters make it a truly special and memorable event for all involved.

Join us in celebrating the 40th annual Hastings Half-Marathon and the incredible runners who make this event a shining example of community spirit and charitable giving. Whether you’re a participant, spectator, or supporter, the Hastings Half-Marathon promises an unforgettable experience filled with determination, perseverance, and joy.
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