Monday, April 28, 2014
Hastings Half Marathon Prize Giving Evening, Sunday 27th April 2014.
At a crowded AZUR Marina last night, The Great EAMONN MARTIN(and still the last British Male Winner of the London Marathon), presented the prizes and awards at the 30th Hastings Half Marathon Awards Night. Before the Prize Giving started the great man gave a public interview, with his views on Mo Farah's London Marathon attempt, and kind words about taking part at Hastings over the years, and being involved in the 30th Celebrations this year. He and his wife Joanne were spending the weekend in the Hastings Area, and were enjoying visiting the delights of Battle, Hastings Old Town and Rye. He was then kept very busy presenting many Trophies and Vouchers. Although the organisers had cut down on Trophies, they had increased the Voucher Prizes to over £3000 in value. All of which had been donated by sponsors. The Film of the event made by Bexhill College Media Dept. was also shown. The highlights were Joshua Smith receiving the Leo Boardman Shield for his efforts in the Mini Run by taking part with his Zimmer, as Joshua has Cerebral palsy, and at one stage could not even walk. Louis Bedwell won the Bo Peep Special Award for pulling his trailer around the Half Marathon route for 30 hours, aiming to raise £10,000 for Cancel Research. He is up to £7000 now so keep supporting him. Ashley Varley won the Conquest Trophy for pulling/pushing young Christian in a wheelchair on Race Day, and raising £3500 towards the £30,000 life saving operation that Christian needs. There was a Special Lifetime Award presented to Derek Stevens (winner in 1985/6) for his support for The event over the 30 years. All those Runners who had completed All 30' Hastings Half Marathons were presented with engraved Tankards. The Winner of the Dyer Charity Shield, for the person or group raising the most money for a cause by The evening was Commando Fitness raising £6200 for a Wheelchair for Isabelle. The biggest winner on the night was the amount raised up to the evening, which amounted to £107,281,with certainly more to come. It is estimated that as only a small proportion of Sponsor Forms or notifications are returned, the total amount raised is probably four times this amount. The Winners of Prizes for Sponsor Forms drawn on the evening are:- Amanda Charlesworth, Lucy Davies, Jonathan Zinn, Dawn Forsythe, Barbara Cheshire, Holly Harrison. The event organisers, Hastings Lions Club, would like to thank all those who supported the event, in taking part,helping,sponsoring,spectating and donating money, which makes the event worthwhile and enables the Lions Club to help others in need. Entries are open for the 2015 event on Sunday 22nd March at www.hastings-half.co.uk
Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race Director. Hastings Half Marathon. Organised by The Lions Club of Hastings 28th April 2014. Watch out for the Bexhill Link Road 10K (BHLR10K) - May 2015
Monday, March 17, 2014
Pre race Press Release
The Biggest Event in the South East takes place on Sunday, with the running of the 30th Hastings Half Marathon. From top international athletes, Sussex athletes in the Sussex Championships, charity and fun runners, the World comes to Hastings on Sunday. Come and watch from many points along the route, and enjoy the entertainment. Please plan your journey if you are visiting or passing through Hastings on Sunday. Either come before 10:00am or wait until 1:30pm But the A21 and Battle Roads are not affected, and you can travel around inside Hastings, as the actual route circumnavigates the Town. Go to web site www.hastings-half.co.uk for more details of route. Trains from London will be delayed due to Busses being used between Robertsbridge and Battle, so it is recommended that the earlier train from London is the best one to arrive in good time for the 10:30am start. It is expected that over 150 charities and needy causes will be represented in The Event. If you need more details for Media purposes, please contact me. Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race Director, Hastings Half Marathon Organised by The Lions Club of Hastings
30th Hastings Half Marathon on the 23rd March 2014. Also Hosting the Sussex Athletics Half Marathon Championships Enter now at Visit http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
TRAINS FOR HASTINGS HALF MARATHON 2014
We are aware of the current problems on the line from Robertsbridge to Hastings, and are in discussion with SE Trains about what the situation will be on race day. The Charing Cross train leaves at 8:25am and would have been due at West St. Leonards station for 9:53am. So there is not a lot of time to play with for the hundreds of entrants for the 10:30am start, if the train is delayed and busses used. The Tonbridge train leaves at 8:40am and should arrive for 9:33am, so there is some leave way here. We will, in association with SE Trains, advise entrants next week of the action we are taking to ensure that the runners can arrive in time. This is the biggest train full of passengers to arrive at Hastings every year, and has proved very popular as the station is only 600 yards from the Start/Finish of the event.
Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Hastings Half Marathon
11th March 2014
Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Hastings Half Marathon
11th March 2014
LIONS CLUB OF HASTINGS TO HELP A FILIPPINO SCHOOL AFTER TYPHOON HAIYAN DISASTER
The Lions Club of Hastings is buying 120 chairs for the San Rafael National High School in the north of Iloilo Province in the Philippines. The school was devastated in the typhoon and all property destroyed.
Immediately the disaster occurred Hastings Lions donated £1,000 to the fund set up by Lions International and committed to donate £1.00 of each entry fee from the 2014 Hastings Half Marathon. Each pound will go to buying a chair and there should be a surplus to donate later.
The Hastings Lions have been connected for a number of years to a member of the Iloilo Lions Club Ofelia Thom. Ofelia is a hearing technician who receives many recycled hearing aids from the Hastings Club for her clinics with the charity Medical Missions Pacific Rim Group.
Lion Teresita G Layson, President of the Lions Club of Iloilo has emailed to say, “Thank you for your gesture of thoughtfulness and generosity. On behalf of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan we are grateful that you are there to help”.
7 March 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Past Winners to come back to Hastings
The earlier request for Past Winners to come back to Hastings to Celebrate its 30th Half Marathon, has had a Fantastic Response. So far, signed up and entered are some of The Giants of British Athletics. Starting with Derek Stevens and Caroline Horne who Won The First Hastings Half in 1985. Also entered are Past Masters:-
Eamonn Martin Winner of both Hastings and London Marathon in 1993. The last British Winner of The London Marathon. Paul Davies Hale, winner in 1989 and in 1990. It was in1989 that Paul ran the fastest time in The World of 62.10 for a Half Marathon, and he did this at Hastings!! Nick Rose, a giant of road racing in the 80's,and held the UK Half Marathon record up to last year, when a certain Mo Farah beat it. And more recent times winners Mark Flint(1996), Michael Coleman(2006) Ben Fish(2010) and Jo Kelsey(2005) are also entered. See the past masters and more at Hastings on Sunday 23rd March. Time to enter still at www.hastings-half.co.uk Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race director Proud and Honoured to have Carried The Olympic Torch at Hastings on 17th July 2012 30th Hastings Half Marathon on the 23rd March 2014. Also Hosting the Sussex Athletics Half Marathon Championships Enter now at Visit http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/
Monday, January 27, 2014
Eight weeks to go...
With eight weeks to go to this year's 30th Hastings Half Marathon, entries are coming in at a great rate, and we will start sending out Race Numbers and info on w/c 10th February. Entries are also open for the 24th Saga Sponsored Mini Run for 11-16 ages. A 2.5K run along Hastings Seafront finishing at HM Finish line. Because it also happens to be 'Sport Relief weekend' for the 23rd March, it is ideal for youngsters to run the 2.5k distance instead of a Mile, and for over 17's they can run 13.1 miles instead! You can raise funds for Sport Relief if you like, or for any needy cause of your choice. Don't be a 'Couch Potato' and get out there and enter and look forward to The Day. Entry forms are at Sports Shops and Centres, and entry online at www.hastings-half.co.uk Enter Now. Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race director Proud and Honoured to have Carried The Olympic Torch at Hastings on 17th July 2012 30th Hastings Half Marathon on the 23rd March 2014. Also Hosting the Sussex Athletics Half Marathon Championships Enter now at Visit http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Happy New Year to all our Followers and entrants.
If you have not yet entered for the 30th Hastings Half on Sunday 23rd March 2014, then now is the time to make a commitment and set yourself a target. We have pleasure in announcing two special offers for entrants:- SPIRE SUSSEX HOSPITAL, Will give 20% off all Physiotherapy Treatment to entrants. FREEDOM LEISURE, have offers of reductions for sessions and membership. More special offers to follow for entrants. Full Details on our web site www.hastings-half.co.uk Don't forget that YOU can raise monies for YOUR OWN special needy cause or Charity, and that £1 from every entry fee will go towards The Hastings Lions HAIYAN Disaster Fund. Enter Now at www.hastings-half.co.uk Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race Director, Hastings Half Marathon Organised by the Lions Club of Hastings. Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race director Proud and Honoured to have Carried The Olympic Torch at Hastings on 17th July 2012 30th Hastings Half Marathon on the 23rd March 2014. Also Hosting the Sussex Athletics Half Marathon Championships Enter now at Visit http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Creche Service in Doubt for 2014
Hastings Half Marathon Press Release 16th December 2013 CRECHE SERVICE IN DOUBT With the sudden closure of the ABC Family Nursery, the organisers of the Hastings Half Marathon are not sure whether they will be able to continue offering a creche service for runners on race day. Since starting the creche service offered by ABC Family Nursery, the numbers using this free service have grown steadily, and parents have been very pleased with the service run by the nursery. McDonalds have also supplied free lunch for everyone. Unless the Hastings Lions Club, organisers of the Half Marathon, can find a replacement creche for the Sunday, in the area of St. Leonards, then they will not be able to offer this facility for the 2014 event on Sunday 23rd March.
However, if a creche facility would like to be involved and offer their services, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible before printwork is produced giving details to runners. This deadline would be by middle of January. The Lions Club would like to say a Big Thankyou to ABC Family Nursery for the ten years of providing this excellent service for parents and entrants. As entries continue to grow ahead of normal, entrants should enter as soon as possible at www.hastings-half.co.uk Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race Director. Hastings Half Marathon Organised by Hastings Lions Club. Proud and Honoured to have Carried The Olympic Torch at Hastings on 17th July 2012 30th Hastings Half Marathon on the 23rd March 2014. Also Hosting the Sussex Athletics Half Marathon Championships Enter now at Visit http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/