Already one of the top ten biggest half marathons in the country, Vitality Run Hackney is the fresh new half marathon to hit the capital!

Run Hackney

Lace up, for a flat run through Hackney and the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

On 22nd June 2014, Hackney closed its roads to cars and opened them to over 12,000 runners for the first ever Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon.
Now in its second year it is set to be bigger and better than ever for 2015! Places are expected to go fast, so put your name down to be the first to hear when entries open.

Breeze your way past the famous Hackney Empire. Pick up the pace at Broadway Market. Stretch your legs alongside London Fields. Finally, catch your breath and follow in the footsteps of legends through the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Run fast, run slow, run for charity or simply soak up the atmosphere, but whatever you do, don’t miss out.


Love Hackney. Run Hackney.



  • A single lap through the heart of Hackney starting at 9am
  • Start/Finish in Hackney Marshes
  • Passing Hackney’s many highlights including Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields Lido, Hackney Wick Skate Park
  • Follow in the footsteps of legends through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park taking in the Stadium, Copper Box and Velodrome


  • Hackney’s roads will be closed for the first time ever
  • You’ll get a chunky winner’s medal to show your friends
  • Take home a premium goody bag
  • Get live results and text message with your official time thanks to latest generation chip-timing
  • Take advantage of secure bag-drop and changing facilities
  • Enjoy a post-race massage
  • Stay refreshed at regular drink stations




Entries are not yet open for 2015, but we are expecting places to go fast, so put your name down and be the first to hear when entries open.
Yes, runners need to be 17 years or older on race day.


The race date for 2015 is yet to be announced. If you pre-register we will let you know as soon as the date is announced!
The race will start at 9.00 am from the Southern end of Hackney Marsh
Yes, there will be pacers to help runners hit the target times 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.
All roads will re-open at 1pm, runners still on the course will be moved onto the pavement if they wish to continue.
In the race village, baggage labels are attached to the race number sent out prior to the event (for runners only).
Yes, there will be water stations located at miles 3, 6, 8 and 11. Water will be provided in pouches that are ready to drink from and reduce clutter under foot.
Yes, elite wheelchair athletes will start at the front of the field, just before the start of the main race. Non-elite wheelchair entrants will start at the rear of the field.
Yes, an energy drink will be available just before the 8 mile water station.
Yes, there will be toilets located at miles 3, 6, 8 and 11.
Yes, a team will be providing sports massage in the race village.
Professional medical staff will be available in the race village and along the course should you face difficulties.
2015 Vitality Run Hackney merchandise will be available from our online shop and on the online entry system when entries open.
Results will be posted on the event website straight after the race, if you entered a mobile number when you registered you will also receive a text with your official race time when you finish.
Yes, as long as this complies with health and safety.
We recommend runners do not use iPod’s or similar during the event, this is mainly as it prevents the runner from hearing those around them including the marshals who may have instructions.
Yes, you will need to contact them directly for a fundraising pack.
Unfortunately we cannot permit runners or spectators to carry collection buckets.
You will have earned yourself a chunky medal, premium goody bag, energy drink, water and a banana once you cross the finish line.
Yes, you will be emailed your official race photographs a couple of days after the event.
The course is measured and certified as accurate to 13.1miles UKA standard.