Hackney Half Festival Village

Hackney Moves to the beat of 30,000 feet

Hackney Marshes hosts huge festival of running, fitness and music

Hackney Half Marathon was one of the stand-out post lockdown success stories of 2021 with 12,374 finishers in the main event, plus another 2,020 runners crossing the line in the supporting free-to-enter Hackney 5K.

This year’s Hackney Moves weekend by Limelight Sports kicks off on Saturday morning (21 May) with a Welcome Workout and continues throughout the weekend with a host of music and movement activities for all ages to enjoy.

Hackney 5K is off at 3:00pm on Saturday and Hackney Half Marathon gets underway at 09:00am on Sunday morning. Hackney Moves is the name given to the whole weekend to encapsulate the unique atmosphere of the London Borough of Hackney’s fusion of running, music, fitness and food. 

Last year’s half marathon winners were defending champion Jonathan Cornish (Hercules Wimbledon, 1:06:36) and Laura Kaye (Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, 1:19:12). The fastest 5K runners were Cameron Dockerill (Kent AC, 15:41) and Natasha Sheel (Serpentine, 18:11). 

The inaugural half marathon champions in 2018 were Paul Whittaker (Southend, 1:06:55) and Isabel Clark (Serpentine, 1:18:10). The 2019 winners were Jonathan Cornish (Hercules Wimbledon, 1:06:58) and Emily Stewart (Edinburgh, 1:19:45).

The 2020 event was postponed due to the pandemic and race management transferred to Limelight Sports Club, the team who are also responsible for ASICS London 10K, Oxford Half Marathon, London Triathlon, Blenheim Triathlon and numerous other high-profile events. 

Hackney Marshes beside the River Lea is the venue for the 5K route while the half marathon course zig-zags through Hackney and alongside Victoria Park, with a dozen live bands and DJ points to liven things up along the way.  

The full race day guide is available here

Race summary and previous report at run ABC South race listing here

Image courtesy Limelight Sports via event website

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