Around 2,000 runners have now signed up for the 2015 Hastings Half Marathon.
Entries always surge at the start of the year and 400 arrived last week alone as anticipation builds ahead of the Hastings Lions Club-organised event on Sunday March 22.
We begin our build-up to the 31st staging of the 13.1-mile race by looking at some of the reasons for running from the entries received so far.
Reasons for running: Matt Maurice - daughter diagnosed with diabetes type 1 in 2013; Greg and Carl Holmes - for their dad; Albert Kemp - in memory of sisters Brenda and Christine; Roxane Mitchell - husband passed away after a short battle with cancer in 2012.just 24 days after the wedding. Raising money for Royal Marsden, the hospital which tried so hard to save him; Naomi Hitchman - to raise money for charity and achieve something ‘I have always wanted to do’; Samuel John Butler - ‘to prove to myself I can do a half marathon’; Amanda Doxford - to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice and improve fitness; Colin Hayes - first attempt to run Hastings Half and will be raising money for charity; Tim Savin - father-in-law used to run this race. Following in his footsteps; Heather Crow - grew up along the route and always went out to support the runners. ‘My parents still live there and I can’t wait to be running, rather than watching, this time.
The waiting list for the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road 10K, incidentally, is approaching 1,500. Visit www.hastings-half.co.uk for more information on both events.