Sunday, 18 March 2018

Hastings Half Marathon 2018 Results

It was cold, and with a strong wind racing in from the East, presumably Putin's response to Boris's bluster, only made it feel colder, but luckily it didn't start snowing until the half marathon was over... Anyway, here they are starting, I didn't see whether that photographer to the left got knocked over in the rush, he deserved to, leaving it so late!

The early leaders race by me, some blurred in their flight, or it could just be I'm not a proper photographer with an expensive camera, but you do get the feeling of speed...

Here was my final (regarding the race) resting place, my hands got so cold that my clapping made no noise, I hadn't realised that was what happened before! Anyway, here, the car that led them around the course passes by me, and it's 56 minutes and 11 seconds after the first photograph above...

Swiftly behind the car came the man who would finish first, Adam Clarke of Hastings AC, who finished in 1 hour 8 minutes and 35 seconds, CONGRATULATIONS!

Second, and a wee bit blurred, sorry, was to be this man, Charlie Joslin-Allen of Tonbridge AC, finishing in 1 hour 8 minutes and 52 seconds, a close finish!

Third was another Hastings AC runner, Gary Foster, the first of these 2 men, who finished in 1 hour 10 minutes and 59 seconds, 2 seconds ahead of the man behind him!

The first woman to cross the finishing line was Maria Heslop of Tonbridge AC in 1 hour 21 minutes and 28 seconds, CONGRATULATIONS for winning the women's race!

The second woman to cross the finishing line was another Hastings AC runner, Stacey Clusker, in a time of 1 hour 23 minutes and 37 seconds.

And the third woman to cross the finishing line in 1 hour 25 minutes and 52 seconds was yet another Hastings AC runner, Rachael Grass, nice one!

For the results, go to the website, apologies if I've made any errors, though I sincerely hope I haven't, but it appears 2,469 courageous runners finished the half marathon in bitterly cold conditions, which I believe may be a record number, if I heard the speaker correctly at the beginning. Natasha Kelly, who ran in support of the Elsie-Rose & Friends Foundation, finished in a very creditable time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 41 seconds, well done to her, and many thanks for her support of the Foundation.

Indeed, my warm congratulations to all those who took part, softy me had to nip into the Cinque Ports Arms opposite to warm up my hands!

Hastings Half Marathon 2018, Today's The Day!

Well, today's the day for the 34th Hastings Half Marathon (website), starting at 10.30 at Sea Road, by Grosvenor Gardens, St Leonards, and finishing there some time later, and the weather doesn't look to be this inviting...

Many runners will be raising money for various charitable causes, including Natasha Kelly (Elsie-Rose & Friends facebook page), who is running to raise money for the Elsie-Rose & Friends Foundation: see my recent blog about the kayaking event across the English Channel to raise money for Elsie-Rose and the Foundation, and which also gives information about Elsie-Rose and Type 1 SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). I am supporting this event too, and here is a link to the Crowdfunding Page which has raised £420 so far towards the Foundation, many thanks to all who have contributed. All donations to either Natasha and her run, or Mark and his team and their channel crossing will be deeply appreciated, cheers!

For more details of the route and map and warm up advice go to the website.

My best wishes to Natasha, the Hastings Lifeboat runners raising money for many charities, and everyone else who bravely runs the Hastings Half Marathon today, and make sure you wrap up warm if you're a spectator!

Friday, 16 March 2018

St Patrick's Day

In the Albatross Club (RAFA) in Bexhill, the St Patrick's Day decorations are already up (see above), as they are in many other places too, for example in the Tower, London Road, which is selling Guinness at £2.69 a pint from today until Sunday! But, what other St Patrick's Day specific events are being held on Saturday 17th March, well, not forgetting that many pubs and clubs will be showing the England versus Ireland 6-Nations Rugby Union match during the afternoon...

From 3pm to 5pm, the well know local Gary Blakeley Band will be playing a St Patrick's Day Afternoon Session at The Palace, Palace Court (see website), and from 6pm to 8.30pm there will be 'shenanigans' with the Wessex Pistols at the Jenny Lind in the High Street, Hastings Old Town (see website); the music is advertised as being hillbilly style Irish punk, so a wee bit more than a traditional ceilidh!

Then, from 8.30pm to 11pm, the Stag Inn, All Saints Street (see 1066 Country website), is holding a St Patrick's Day Special with Shamrockanore! Now, I've never heard of Shamrockanore, though it sounds very Irish and Hastings at the same time... Oh yes, and if you still have energy to keep on partying, The Brass Monkey, Havelock Road (website) is holding The Big St Patrick's Day Party from 10pm!

Whatever you do, enjoy the craic... and maybe snow!

Walking along the Seafront

Well, Hastings Borough Council appears to be trying to help make walking along the seafront a pleasant experience, however, much of the Lower Promenade still allows drinking, so, OK at prominent points, no rowdy music and tins of extra strong lagers and cider, but still paces where the alcohol remains 'King!' 

Oh yes, and why isn't there a cycle path between Warrior Square and the end of Robertson Street on the Upper Promenade anymore, it becomes quite anarchic on a sunny day, and will be even more so when the summer arrives?!? And why are people allowed to ride cycles along the Lower Promenade and through Bottle Alley, isn't one cycle path/shared pedestrian area and the road enough for cyclists?!? With the covering up of the 'No Cycling' message near the Pier, there's nothing preventing cyclists, or as a good friend of mine who is a cyclist says, "people riding bikes" making even the Lower Promenade and Bottle Alley unsafe and not a pleasure to promenade along!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Housing in Hastings, hmmm...

A wander out, quite nice weather, and at Sea Road, by Grosvenor Gardens, I noticed 5 caravans docked without number plates on them (that first one on the right had a wee cat looking out at me as I took the photograph!). Now, we know that mobile caravans do park overnight in such places, but these 5 non-motorised caravans have been docked here for ages! Is this a new way of solving the housing crisis? Apparently no council tax or rent required, sadly I do still have to pay my council tax and rent!

While talking about housing problems... these flats in Undercliffe, below West Ascent, St Leonards, have still not been built! Despite approval being given in 1966, work starting in 1972, then the dodgy underpinning that meant gardens behind slipped and work had to cease, then the builders went bankrupt, I was told. That's 52 years since approval, and they look like they'll not be built in the next 52 years either! 

No wonder there's a housing shortage...