Event runs like clockwork

Last Sunday the annual Hastings Half Marathon took place. Every year this event runs like clockwork, and brings many runners of all ages together from near and far to run or walk the gruelling 13-mile course raising vast sums of money for charity.The success of this event is due to the hard work of Eric Hardwicke, MBE.

My husband Kevin and I have been organising the tea station at the finish line for many years now. We are assisted by a team of volunteers which for the last few years has been members of Hastings Division Girlguiding.

Every year we arrive at the set up point on Saturday afternoon to put up the tea tent. From that point we visibly see all the hard work that Eric has put in, supported by his wife Doreen and her cousin Shirley.

They are there to hand over the drinks supplies to us, the marquee is up and ready and the barriers line the road. The tow truck arrives to tow away any cars that still remain in the start area all in readiness for the big day tomorrow. This is in addition to the behind the scenes work of dealing with the many entries and enquiries that are received, plus I am sure many other jobs.

On the actual day the volunteers all know their roles, ranging from sea cadets who are on barrier patrol and other duties, scouts at the cold drink stations, first aiders, the marshals, the commentators and many more. It works like a well-oiled machine.

This would not be possible if it was not for the commitment and hard work that Eric does every year, so well done Eric, and see you next year.

Janice Harmer

Hastings Division Girlguiding