Sunday, March 15, 2009


Kiplimo Kimutai Knocks three minutes of His 2008 time

The Sun came out, and with temperatures up to 18c, Kenyan Class act Kiplimo Kimutai (Kenya), 
fought of the challenge of athletes from Burondi, Morocco, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and UK,
 to win for the second time in a row at Hastings, and in the process was over three minutes
 faster than his win in 2008. Mike Coleman, retained his Top UK position with another top five performance.
 The Ladies race was won by Caroline Hoyte (Sussex), but the biggest improver was Sarah Stradling
 (Essex) who finished 2nd, three places ahead of her 2008 position. Third was Claire Elms (Dulwich Runners),
 breaking the masters time for her age category. The biggest winner of course will be Charity,
 and a record entry, on such a fantastic Sunny Day, produced the highest number of finishers ever at Hastings.
1. Kiplimo Kimutai(Kenya)- 1:02:48
2. Jean Ndisinga (Burondi) - 1:06:15
3. Willard Chimhanhu(Zimbabwe) - 1:07:16
4. Hicham Ettachimi (Morocco)
5. Mike Coleman (M&M) First UK Athlete. 
1. Caroline Hoyte - 1:16:56
2 Sarah Stradling - 1:19:24
3. Claire Elms.
More details to follow later.
Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race Director
26th Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday 21st March 2010. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009


British Touring Car team signs up for Hastings Half Marathon

British Touring Car team signs up for Hastings Half Marathon
Team RAC drivers get in shape for Brands Hatch season opener

Team RAC has announced that drivers Stephen Jelley and Colin Turkington will be taking part in this year’s Hastings Half Marathon on 15 March 2009.

The drivers will take on the 13.1 mile course in preparation for the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season, which begins on 4/5 April at Brands Hatch in Kent.

26-year-old Jelley will be testing his fitness levels by tackling the course on foot, whilst team-mate and current Independent drivers’ champion Turkington will be offering his ‘support’ by leading the pack in Team RAC’s BMW320si race car.

Team RAC’s Stephen Jelley commented: “I’m really looking forward to competing in Hastings and it’s a great way to boost my fitness ahead of what’s sure to be another highly competitive season. Having Colin driving the marathon alongside me will be great support, although I doubt he’ll be getting out of first gear too often!”

Eric Hardwick MBE, Race Director for the Hastings Half Marathon, said: “It’s an honour to have Team RAC involved in the Hastings Half Marathon, especially as 2009 is the 25th anniversary of the event. Lots of sportsmen have competed in the half marathon and it’s great to see the motorsport community getting involved. Running the half marathon is a great way for Stephen to get fit ahead of the start of the BTCC season, and hopefully some of his fellow competitors will support him trackside at Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks’ time!”

The Hastings Half Marathon is organised by the Hastings Lions Club to raise money for charity. The course circumnavigates the ancient town of Hastings in East Sussex and attracts a field of over 5,000 competitors together with around 50,000 spectators.

Tickets for the opening round of the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April are available from £23 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or visit


Latest News

The 25th Hastings Half Marathon, organised by the Hastings Lions Club, is
turning out to be one of the truly International Events in its History.

There will be World Class Athletes from Kenya, Burundi, Morocco, Ethiopia
and Australia, competing with Top UK Athletes.

But the Event is not all about Top Runners, it is about all entrants of all
abilities, doing their 'own thing'. From Charity Teams, like the Oliver Curd
Trust, with over 60 runners, who have already raised nearly £10,000, to
individuals who have their own personal challenge or reason.

There are two interesting battles between the first two men and first two
females in the Hastings Marathon in December, again going head to head.

Daniel Anderson and Julian Rendall have a revenge match, and Annabelle
Stearnes and Fi Powell will again battle to reverse the Marathon positions.

The Weather looks Good for Sunday, so come and see the Greatest Show In

Park your car and watch the race from any vantage point on the route. The
main A.21 and Battle Roads are open and not affected, and you can move
around within the Town. If you need to, start your car journey before
10.20a.m. or leave until after 1.p.m. please.

Also you can come to the Start/Finish area in West St.Leonards, or anywhere
along the Hastings Seafront and watch The World Go By.

Programmes will be available at various places and shops, and Information

Look out for the RAC British Touring Car Leading the Race, whilst one of the
Drivers-Stephen Jolly, will be actually running around the route.

Hastings is the place to be on Sunday.

Eric Hardwick M.B.E.

Race Director, Hastings Half Marathon.

Organised by the Hastings Lions Club.


Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Race Director

25th Hastings Half Marathon on the 15th March 2009.
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Latest Elite and Interesting Entrants, as at 10/3/09

Elite Athletes:-

Mike Coleman(3612) Winner of Hastings in 2006. Always in contention

Dave Mitchinson(2241) Former AAA Half Marathon Champion.

Adrian Mussett(2772) Regular Top Ten Finisher at Hastings.

Kassa Tadesse(1729)former UK Champion.Won in London 10 in 2008.

Ettaichmi Hicham(Morocco) 100. Won Watford Half Marathon this year.

Jean Ndayisenga(Burundi) 4276. Won many Events.

Daniel Anderson(H.A.C.) 2582. Top Local Athlete, came 2nd in December

To Julian Rendall, and is out for revenge!

Julian Rendall(Tonbridge) 1430 Won Hastings Marathon in December.

Natalie Harvey(3227 )Former Australian Champion. Moving up distance.

Caroline Hoyte(4401) Knows the Event. Could be Her year?

Interesting Entrants.

Pete Swain (1) Was No. 1 for first Hastings in 1985, and again for The 25th.

Bill Young (25) Senior Member of the 'All 25' Club, part of the 22 who have
taken part in All the Hastings Half Marathons.

The 22 entrants will all have race numbers ending in '25'

Stephen Jelley(4254) British Touring Car Driver from Brands Hatch.

His colleague Colin Turkington will be driving a Car in front of Race.

Steven Seaton(4366) Publishing editor of Runners World Magazine

Matthew Beaver(1066) Hastings Borough Council Councilor

Shaun Creasey(2569) Professional at Cooden Beach Golf Club.

Ian Harris(794) Captain of Highwoods Golf Club(Bexhill). Ran first Hastings
in 1985,and is making a 'comeback' for the 25th. Raising funds for the
Sussex Air Ambulance. Has a Sweepstake at Golf Club on his finishing time.

Many Groups taking part, Row4Charity Rowers, Hastings and Bexhill R.F.C.

Amongst two large entries.

Start Time is 10.30a.m.

E.H. 10/3/09

Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Race Director

25th Hastings Half Marathon on the 15th March 2009.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009


'Now for The Special One'

The Half Marathon Running season is now building up to its climax, after
seeing good Events at Tunbridge Wells, Dover, Brighton and Eastbourne, with
less than two weeks to go to the 'Special One'
There is just something about the Hastings Half Marathon that has a special
place in the hearts of the running community. But why is this?
Is it the Incredible amount of Spectators around the route?
The Atmosphere with the Bands and vocal support?
Running in the same race as Top Internationals?
The Tingle when hearing 'Chariots of Fire ' at the start?
Being able to run for your own particular Charity or needy cause?
The number of Cheerful Marshalls around the route.
The Happy Scouts and Guides dispensing water etc.
The Hot Cup of Tea/Coffee at The Finish?
The Famous Hastings Brass?
The Fantastic Red Cross Cover?
The Challenge of being a Tough Route?
The increasing popular Free Creche(ABC Family Nursery)
The Park and Ride arrangements or the convenient Train Station.?
That ALL monies raised go back into the Community.
That it is well organised by the Hastings Lions Club?
Or is it just the Famous 'Hastings Fish and Chips' afterwards!
Whatever it is, come and experience 'The Hastings Experience'
Eric Hardwick M.B.E. Race Director
Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Race Director
25th Hastings Half Marathon on the 15th March 2009.
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