Event: Venue change has helped Hastings event
The 2013 Hastings Half-Marathon was blessed once more with a beautifully crisp clear morning start. It’s almost like it’s becoming a kind of permanency, a religion if you like, that each passing year, competitors have been enjoying sunny skies year on year.
Since the Hastings Half Marathon inception back in 1979, few races have endured rainy conditions, most certainly not in the last few years; let us hope it will always be so?
This Half Marathon with its beginnings, starting and finishing in the City of Hastings has since switched to Anderson Park, Havelock North, where its present course is proving to be much more settled, more scenic and relatively safer for competitors and helpers alike. It’s also well placed for those with speed in mind, the chance for posting good times.
With the climb around what is called the horseshoe (Ensleigh Road) a slowing factor, although one’s time can be made up of course on the lovely downhill return to Middle Road, from there, the rest of the course, is flat tack with few obstacles to slow the pace with only Te Aute Road being one that could be regarded as hazardous from motor traffic.
Give credit where it is due, 99% of drivers have shown nothing but courteousness to the runners and walkers making it a relatively fast run to the finish line at Anderson Park.
From the Half-Marathon Run and Walk, to the Fun Runs 10km Run/Walk and 5km course for younger and less fit competitors, over 620 folk took part. This surely gives this event a springboard for reaching 1000 participants for 2014 in this very healthy and enduring sport.
One cannot end without mentioning John Sewter’s outstanding time last year for an 80 year old competing in the half marathon in the time of 02:18:36 in the 70+ age group. John you are an inspiration to us all!
Below: A competitor in last year’s Hastings Half Marathon.