Sunday, March 25, 2012


28th Hastings Half Marathon - Race Summary

On another wonderful sunny and warm day in Hastings, the town again ticked all the boxes as the best Half Marathon in the UK, when 4772 runners entered.
Besides an international field of athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Europe, and top UK Runners, there was a mass of clubs, charities and fun runners enjoying the event.
The entertainment on the route was the best ever, and the spectators came out in record numbers to support the runners.
There was also a good race up front between Bernard Chemugo (Kenya) Tadele Geremew (Ethiopia) and Ben Fish (Blackburn, with the three contenders being together most of the race, but Chemugo drew away near the end to win from Geremew and Fish. The female race was also a tight affair with Jane Muia (Kenya) narrowly beating UK athlete Justina Heslop, after being together most of the route.
The only blight on a successful Day was South East Trains cancelling a train for 200 runners leaving Charing Cross for Hastings. It meant it was impossible for these entrants to get to Hastings for the event. Questions will be asked of SE Trains as to how this can happen to the busiest train that arrives at Hastings all year.

1.. Bernard Chemugo (Kenya) – 1:06:17
2.. Tadele Geremew (Ethiopia) – 1:06:43
3.. Ben Fish (Blackburn) – 1:07:44
1.. Jane Muia (Kenya) – 1:14:10
2.. Justina Heslop - 1:14:24
3.. Rona Loubser (Folkestone) – 1:18:54

But of course the biggest winners will be over a hundred charities and needy causes, which the organisers, The Hastings Lions Club, will be donating to them.
It is expected that over £100,000 will be raised that is known, and much more that runners will raise for their own special charity of their choice.

Eric Hardwick M.B.E.
Race Director,
Hastings Half Marathon
Organised by The Lions Club of Hastings.

28th Hastings Half Marathon on the 25th March 2012.
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