Another Half Marathon has come and gone and I would like to thank the people of Hastings and St Leonards for once again coming out in great numbers to support the event, despite the extremely cold weather.
The support we receive comes in many forms, large and small, and thanks must go to all who assist us in making this such an important event in the Hastings calendar; runners; spectators; sponsors; marshals; members of sporting clubs; Scouts and Guides; and other Lions Clubs, all play their part in the making of this successful event.
I also add my thanks and my apologies to all the motorists who were delayed on their journeys and who in the main, good-naturedly remain calm and uncomplaining.
One of the most common comments from runners is about the wonderful support, provided all along the route by the local people. This is tremendously important, and very much appreciated by all of us in the Lions Club of Hastings, for this event has become our major source of income, and it enables us to financially assist many local groups and worthy causes.
Last year we were able to donate about £55,000 locally and £20,000 to national and international charities. For this we must thank all our loyal runners who, young and old come from far and near to support the event. However, the income generated from the Half Marathon does not end with us, because many, many runners use it as a vehicle to raise funds for their own good causes and over the years we estimate that it has helped to raise around £4 million for organisations as diverse as our local St Michael’s Hospice to Save the Rhino.
Finally, the Half Marathon is not all we do, and we are always looking for new members, so if you have enjoyed this event, why not join us? We meet at the White Rock Hotel at 8pm, the second Tuesday in the month. I look forward to meeting you there.
President of the Lions Club of Hastings