As we’ve been in Hastings for a bit, we decided to sign up to a race to help with the running streak. Starting in Hastings town centre, this is a flat, fast route that is very popular with club runners and locals.
The course is out and back and takes you along the seafront, towards the Old Bathing pool and back along the seafront to the town centre. As it is a small local, race there is a relaxed atmosphere at the start and the crowd isn’t too massive.
The race is held in memory of former Hastings Runner member Keith Chandler who passed away in 2005. All proceeds from the race are donated to St Michael’s Hospice, to date they’ve raised around £25,000.
Because it is so warm at the moment, I found this race quite hard. It was day 14 of the running streak and it was super warm! The first couple of miles were fine, I managed a 8:39 and 9:07 mile but then I started to fry along the seafront.
Thankfully, the race goes under Bottle Alley (which is just by the pier) and this is a lovely break from the heat. Just before 4 miles I was feeling really warm and it just took it out of me and so struggled to keep pace – I ended up dropping to 10:13 and turning the colour of a tomato!
I was really glad Dan was running with me (supplying me with water!) and distracting me from the temperature. The route heads out towards the old town and does a bit of an S shape around the crazy golf area before heading back, under the subway and to the finish.
When we got to the subway I knew there wasn’t much left so just dug in. As we approached the finish I was happily surprised by the support of the locals – it gave me a well needed boost for the finish sprint!
Overall, this was a nice, speedy race if you can handle straight lines and blazing sunshine. Definitely a chance to get a PB here.
You can find out more about the race on the Hastings Runners Website.