Hot Hackney Half draws 15,000 runners
Hackney Moves is where culture and movement collide
This year's race drew 13,000 runners for Hackney Half Marathon from the Hackney Marshes Race Village – plus 2,000 in the free-to-enter Hackney 5K – for a race that crosses 12 canals and rivers, enjoys panoramic views of Olympic Park, and passes through historic Broadway Market, alongside the vibrant street art of Hackney Wick, and passes wonderful green spaces including Hackney Downs, Haggerston Park, London Fields, Victoria Park, Well Street Common, and Mabley Green.
First back to Hackney Marshes on Sunday (22 May) was Sam Bramwell (1:09:17) – the only runner inside 70 minutes on a warm day that kept the St John Ambulance staff busy – followed by Nick Bester (1:10:15) and Elias Ahmed (1:11:01).
The women's top trio was Rebecca Bunting (1:19:13), Molly Bryan (1:19:30) and Stacy Winter (1:21:08). An impressive 570 runners beat 90 minutes despite the hot weather and the oldest finisher was over-80 Maurice Sinclair (2:36:32).
The first three in the Hackney 5K on Saturday (21 May) were Andrew Barnes (16:41), Jordan Leblanc (16:56) and Amin Koikai (17:24) while the top women were Nat Perez (19:28), Jaime Sim (19:45) and Jordan McCoy (20:01) – 46 athletes were home under 20 minutes.
This year's Hackney Half Marathon was started by a magnificence of Mayors: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Anntionette Bramble.
Every finisher could enjoy a refreshing alcohol-free beer by Lucky Saint and Strava supported the Kudos Kilometre, close to the finish line, between Hackney Wick and Mabley Green.
Feedback on social media was mixed with many praising the superb atmosphere but a number of comments highlighting the lack of a race T-shirt in the half marathon (there was a T-shirt given to the free Hackney 5K finishers) and the same medal being presented for both events.
Results are at runABC South race listing here
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