Nearly 2,500 hardy runners defied freezing conditions to contest the 34th Hastings Half Marathon promoted by The Hastings Lions Club on Sunday (18 March). The heroes were the stoical marshals and officials, while the race winners were local star Adam Clarke (Hastings AC) and W50 master Maria Heslop (Tonbridge AC).
Adam Clarke was first past the post on Sea Road in a swift 1:08:35 and also first to warm his hands with the welcome hot drink so thoughtfully provided by the organisers. The runners-up were Charlie Joslin-Allen (Tonbridge, 1:08:52) and Gary Foster (Hastings, 1:10:59).
Chris Gilbert (M45 Lewes, 1:19:23) was first master and M85 Thomas McDonald (2:09:42) the oldest finisher. Finishing in place number 1066 was Chris Allen (1:57:54) as 1,156 were inside two hours.
Maria Heslop (1:21:29) dominated the women's race and was joined on the rostrum by Stacey Clusker (1:23:38) and Rachel Grass (1:25:55) of Hastings AC. W75 Sue Lambert (Serpentine, 2:37:44) was the oldest female finisher on a tough day.
The Hastings Half course circumnavigated the ancient town of Hastings and followed the route taken by William the Conquerer towards Battle before returning to the seafront for a battle against the elements for the final three miles.
For results for the races that beat the weather at the weekend visit the runABC South race listings page.