Wednesday, September 12, 2007





Just prior to the launch of the entry forms for The 24th Hastings Half Marathon, to take place on Sunday 16th March 2008, The organisers -Hastings Lions Club - are proud to announce a NEW and one and only event for Hastings, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Hastings 1908 Marathon.

Edward VII was on the throne, Asquith had just become Prime Minister, London Life was returning to normality after the Olympic Games had run for a record six months. The Great War was still six years away, and The Titanic had not yet sunk! In Hastings the appetite for sport had been well and truly whetted, and in December 1908 a remarkable marathon race was staged.

Covered shoulders and knee length drawers were essential attire for the 51 competitors, and local people turned out in vast numbers to cheer them on. The Start/Finish point was the central cricket ground (now Priory Meadow Shopping Centre) next to the Town Hall. The route took in the surrounding villages and towns of East Sussex, from Telham, Battle, Catsfield, Ninfield, Sidley, Bexhill,Cooden, Bulverhythe, St. Leonards on Sea and back to

A number of Olympic Runners took part, and the winner was W.T. Clarke of Sefton Harriers in 2hr. 37min. 16.8 seconds. Spectators were kept in touch by pigeon post. The event was sponsored by OXO, and the OXO vans accompanied the runners, carrying besides OXO, rice pudding, raisins, bananas, soda and milk stimulants, and 'Eau de Cologne with sponges in case of collapse.

The Hastings' M.P. Mr. Arthur du Cros fired the starting pistol, and also supplied and presented the Harvey du Cros to the first Hastings runner home - George White. The event was staged for the welfare of Hastings and the encouragement of two deserving bodies - Hastings Football Club and the Distress Committee for the relief of the unemployed. In 2008 the Hastings Lions Club are putting on the event to promote Hastings, and to raise monies for those less fortunate.
This will be a 'one and only chance' to take place in this unique Event, and interested parties can contact or go to to register their interest both for taking part and for commercial sponsorship. Entry forms will be available, and 'online' entries in the New Year.

Make a note in you diary NOW - Sunday 14th December 2008 -9.30a.m. Start.

Eric Hardwick. M.B.E.
Race Director

Monday, September 10, 2007


Entries are now open for 2008

24th Hastings Half Marathon. Sunday 16th March 2008.

Dear Friends,
Entries are now open for the popular Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday 16th March 2008. This is the event voted The Best Half Marathon in the U.K., and is open to ALL Abilities. This year the event will incorporate the Sussex AAA Half Marathon Championships 2008. The event will have a 5000 limit, so early entry is advised to avoid disappointment.

Enter NOW by going to where you can enter 'on-line' or download an entry form, or contact us at with any questions or enquiries.
Entry forms can also be obtained at sports shops and venues, or by contacting 01424 437001.
Best wishes in running,

Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Race Director
Hastings Half Marathon

Organised by The Hastings Lions Club
'Voted The Best Half Marathon in the U.K.'

N.B. Note in your diary the 100th Hastings Anniversary Marathon 1908-2008. This 'one off' Event will take place on Sunday 14th December 2008. More details later.

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