(Part of the Sussex Grand Prix)

SUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2024, 9.30 am

This fast, flat, accurately measured, 5-mile course (mainly on Hastings seafront) returned for its 17th anniversary, and the route once again included a 550m loop of the town’s historic pier as this was a really popular part of the 2022 event.

It was also be a part of the prestigious Sussex Grand Prix season)

This Hastings Runners’ flagship event has so far raised over £65,000 for St. Michael’s Hospice.

With a race limit of 600 runners, early entry is always advised.

Full range of prizes available, including cash prizes for breaking male and female course records.

Chip timing and race registration by Sports Systems.

Men’s course record – Oliver Prior (Ashford AC) 25.57 (2022)
Women’s course record – Grace Baker (Hastings AC) 28.29 (2022)

SEE 2023’s FULL RESULTS here

Main sponsors: Love Hastings.Com who represent local businesses in the town centre and kindly cover the cost of the excellent race medals; Wisdens who supply the majority of the individual trophies and team awards; The White Rock Hotel; Only Coco Chocolates – 2nd lady finisher.https://sussexgrandprix.co.uk/races/

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2024 ROUTE

A five-mile run
through historic Hastings

Run Hastings

Race video – 2023


Oliver Prior

Senior Men

Club: Ashford AC
Year: 2022
Time: 25:57

Grace Baker

Senior Women

Club: HAstings AC
Year: 2022
Time: 28:29

Senior Men’s (18-39) course record – Oliver Prior (Ashford AC) 25.57 (2022)
Senior Women’s (18-39) course record – Grace Baker (Hastings AC) 28.29 (2022)
Junior Men (u18)- Lewis Betts (Hastings Runners) 36.07 (2022)
Junior Women (u18) – Shannon Hopkins-Parry (Hy Runners) 32.40 (2022)
MV40 – Ross Brocklehurst (Hailsham Harriers) 28.01 (2022)
MV45 – Adrian Whitwam (Morpeth Harriers & AC) 27.32 (2023)
MV50 Steve Wright (Paddock Wood AC) 29.12 (2023)
MV55 – Stewart Gregory (Portslade Hedgehoppers) 29.26 (2022)
MV60 – Martin Noakes (Hastings Runners) 32.38 (2023)
MV65 – Paul Whelpton (Brighton Phoenix) 32.47 (2022)
MV70 – Bill Solly (unattached) 36.10 (2022)
MV75 – Andrew Haig (Brighton Phoenix) 38.59 (2022)
FV40 – Sophie McGoldrick (Hy Runners) 34.01 (2022)
FV45 – Aurelia Osborne (Beckenham Running Club) 33.59 (2022)
FV50 – Sue Fry (Eastbourne Rovers AC) 32.50 (2023)
FV55 – Jane Wren (Folkestone RC) 38.48 (2023)
FV60 – Sarah Morris (Heathfield RRC) 33.33 (2023)
FV65 – Susan Drake (Eastbourne Rovers AC) 41.08 (2022)
FV70 – Frances Delves (Hailsham Harriers) 42.13 (2022)
FV75+ Christine Sanderson (Hastings Runners) 48.15 (2022)
All above are chip times


We support
St Michael’s Hospice charity no. 288462

St Michael’s in Hastings has been at the forefront of the Hospice care movement since 1984. By sharing their knowledge and expertise with other healthcare professionals, they have played an important role in revolutionising palliative care.

With people living longer than ever before, their professional staff and trained volunteers are committed to improving the quality of life for their patients, families and carers.

The Hastings 5 mile race has raised an impressive figure of almost £65,000 for the hospice during its first 16 years. It costs £14,400 to run the hospice each day, with hospice in-patient unit beds costing £630 per person per day. All race proceeds go to the hospice, so we hope that next year’s donation will take our total raised to over £65,000!
See http://www.stmichaelshospice.com/ for more information on the superb work that the hospice does within our community..

Our Sponsors

We couldn’t do it without these brilliant supporters…


Love Hastings. Com have been the event’s main supporters for the past three years, kindly covering the cost of the superb race medals which are our biggest expense.

Wisdens Sports

Wisdens Sports in Hastings have been longstanding supporters of our event, and once again are supplying all the various trophies and awards. Wisdens stock a large array of sporting equipment, clothes and footwear.

White Rock Hotel

The White Rock Hotel are also supporting our event for the 3rd year in a row, and you will see their banners on the race arch gantry. The stylish seafront hotel is ideally placed for exploring the beach, the pier and Hastings’ many attractions! See http://www.thewhiterockhotel.com

Only Coco Chocolates

Only Coco Chocolates, Hastings are kindly supporting the event for the 3rd successive year, sponsoring the prize money for the ladies’ runner-up. They create the finest chocolates using only the best ingredients sourced from around the world; each bar is handmade and hand-wrapped here in Sussex! See Only Coco:

Sussex Premier Health

Sussex Premier Health are kindly contributing towards our event’s running costs, as well as sponsoring the trophies for the first 3 men. The trust offers everything from consultation to acute and minor surgery at their hospitals in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. Profits are invested back into the local NHS, allowing access via not only private medical insurance and self-funding, but also under NHS Patient Choice.See Sussex Premier Health | Private Healthcare, Sussex and Kent


Leading British supermarket chain Morrisons are generously providing water, cups and snacks such as fruit and cereal bars for our event which is expected to attract up to 500 runners. In addition they are sponsoring the awards for the first 3 men’s and ladies’ teams. Newly appointed Hastings community champion Davina Pennington says:” The Hospice is a charity that I support as part of my community work, which includes Demelza children`s hospice, The Grumpy cook, Hastings Foodbank, local schools and organisations and recently Gizmo kids. I`m really excited about joining in on race day, and seeing all the amazing runners and supporters!” See Supermarket Hastings Store Details (morrisons.com)

TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity’s logo will be appearing on our race numbers for the first time. The American/Swiss technology company has a global workforce of nearly 90,000 employees, including over 8000 engineers, and supports customers in circa 140 countries worldwide.


Ibstock Ltd are the UK’s leading clay brick manufacturer, with 16 manufacturing sites across the country, strategically located near to extensive self-owned clay reserves. They supply significantly into the new build housing sector, and the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) market. The company are generously contributing towards our event’s running costs. See www.ibstock.co.uk

Douglas Mercer & Son

Douglas Mercer & Son Funeral Directors have been part of the St. Leonards community since 1897, and as part of their regular support to local community events are kindly contributing towards our event’s running costs. See www.dcmercer.co.uk

PB Runner

PB Runner are kindly sponsoring the trophy for the ladies race winner. Hastings Runner coach Simon Linklater, who has UKA LIRF, CIRF and Level 3 Endurance qualifications. has been helping club members to improve for the past 3 years, and his “Team Orange” now boasts a stable of circa 40 runners of all ages and abilities. See Online Running Coach in Hastings East Sussex | Training Plans (pbrunner.co.uk)

Rhys Boorman Running & Wellbeing

Rhys Boorman Running & Wellbeing are kindly sponsoring the trophies for the 2nd & 3rd placed ladies. A leading local runner, Rhys has gained a BSc and MSc in Sport & Exercise Science and has also taught PE and Psychology in schools. See RB Running & Wellbeing (rbrunningandwellbeing.co.uk)

What our charity beneficiaries say…

Sophie Bailey

Community & Corporate Fundraiser, St. Michael’s Hospice

P”Thank you so much again for all your incredible support and I am delighted that you chose to support St Michael’s Hospice. I had a fantastic time at the event. Everything felt very well organised, and the buzz of the runners and the volunteer team was infectious. We are very much looking forward to working with you again next year!”

James Beeching

Challenge Event Fundraiser, St. Michael’s Hospice

“On behalf of everyone here at St Michaels Hospice, I wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude for your incredible donation of £4,779.24. Your generosity truly warms our hearts, and we cannot thank you enough for choosing to support our cause. Your donation arrives at a crucial time, and the impact it will have on our hospice cannot be overstated. Your dedication and hard work in organising this event reflect the spirit of unity and compassion that defines our community. The funds you’ve raised will enable us to continue providing essential care, comfort, and support to those in need, ensuring that they can face their challenges with the dignity and grace they deserve.”

Hastings Runners

Hastings Runners are a friendly, long established club with over 370 members. Their famous green & black colours are seen regularly at Hastings parkrun, Sussex Grand Prix races, East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League fixtures and have achieved noticeable success at team events such as the popular Herstmonceux Castle Relays and Sussex Road Relays. In addition their FV65 & FV70 vets have medalled regularly at the prestigious British Masters National Road and Cross Country Championships.

The club caters for all ages and abilities, and has training sessions (both formal and informal) on every day of the week. For further details, see www.hastingsrunners.co.uk


What the runners say…

Bryan Brett

Race Winner – 2023

“I would like to say what a well organised event you put on at the weekend, I really enjoyed myself!”

Kate Natkiel

Ladies Race Winner 2023

“I really enjoyed the race and had a lovely weekend away in Hastings, will hope to be back next year for sure! Thanks for organising such a fun and well run event.”

In numbers

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Landmarks along the route

You are running through Hastings, so you are running through history. Although we knoow you will be concentrating on your time here’s what you will pass along the way.

The original Hastings harbour

Beneath your feet as you start and finish the race is where ships moored when Hastings was a Cinque port.

The birthplace of TV

To your left at the strt of the race is Queens Arcade – where John Logie Baird invented TV.

Hastings Castle

No history lesson about Britain would be complete without the story of Hastings and its Castle

The fishing beach

In the distance as you first seee the sea is the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in the UK.

The Landing (Leigh Dyer)

An increasingly in-demand metal-sculptor, Leigh’s ‘beach landing’ was one of his first large-scale public works.

The world’s first large-scale underground carpark

Sidney Little’s love of concrete and the modern world saw Hastings get this world first!

The America Ground

If you know the film ‘Passport to Pimlico’ the fascinating story of this part of Hastings will intrigue you.

White Rock

The white rock was really a very big Rock indeed until Queen Victoria wanted a shortcut from Bexhill.

Hastings Pier

Almost burned to the waterline, Hastings pier has been lovingly rebuilt and won architectural fame.

Bottle Alley

As you run along the raised promenade past the pier this striking alley with over 100 columns and broken bottles for wall render is beneath your feet.


A major supermarket chain gets the Banksy treatment on a St Leonards Beach – can you find it?

Marine Court

Hey – that building looks like a big cruise liner!  It was designed that way…