The people of Hastings lined the streets to support the 30th anniversary of their town’s Half Marathon. Organised by local club, the Hastings Lions, the event hosts 5,000 runners each year and is used by many as a marathon warm-up race.
Boniface Kongin and Richard Ndegwa represented Team Run-Fast in the men’s race while new signings Gladys Kwambai and Linah Cherop flew the flag in the women’s race.
The course at Hastings is well known for having a testing first couple of miles but despite this and the cold and windy conditions, Boniface was quick to show his intentions, completing the first mile in just 4.40. The young athlete, who in 2013 triumphed at the Poole 10k and Cabbage Patch 10, then ran a strong but lonely race leaving team-mate Ndegwa to battle it out for second place with Blackburn Harriers athlete Ben Fish.
Boniface romped into first place in 1:04:18, the fastest time run on this course since 2007. This was no mean feat considering the wintery conditions but he was treated to a warm welcome across the finish line by the children who had earlier take part in the mini-mile. Richard Ndegwa was pipped to the post for runner up, taking third in 1:09:04.
In the women’s race Gladys and Linah shared the lead for most of the race with Gladys pushing ahead at 10 miles. She sustained her lead for the final 5k taking a comfortable win in 1:16:42, slightly ahead of Linah’s 1:17:25.
After the race Boniface and Gladys were given the honour of presenting trophies to junior athletes and were able to spend some time with participants of the mini-mile.