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

This is a flat, fast half marathon that shows off Hackney and its many green spaces as well as the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Now in its third year, Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon has firmly marked its position as one of the top ten half marathons in the UK attracting over 13,000 runners in 2015.

Hackney knows how to party! And you too can join the carnival – as the streets are lined with supporters and live entertainment punctuates the route to lift you across the finish line!

We’re expecting places to go fast for 2016 so you’d better get in quick! To pre-register your interest and to hear when entries open please click here.


Run Hackney


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

The Half Marathon starts in Hackney Marshes and takes you on a flat, fast route through Hackney and into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 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. Check out the route for 2015’s half marathon.

Love Hackney. Run Hackney.



  • A single lap run through the heart of Hackney.
  • Start/Finish in Hackney Marshes.
  • Race starts at 9am.
  • See Hackney! Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields.
  • Follow in the footsteps of legends through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park taking in the
    Stadium, Copper Box and Velodrome.

Tell me more

  • A fantastic Brooks Techinical T-shirt for all finishers.
  • Incredible Hackney supporters.
  • Fantastic live entertainment along the route and in the Race Village.
  • Stay refreshed at regular drink stations.
  • A great goody bag.
  • Live race results and text message with your official time.
  • Secure bag-drop and changing facilities.
  • A much deserved FREE post-race massage.
  • And don’t forget the bling… a chunky medal to wear with pride!




Entries are not yet open for 2016, but we are expecting places to go fast, so pre-register 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 2016 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 Marshes.
Yes, pacers will be running with each section to help runners hit their target times: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.
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.
There is a secure bag drop in the Race Village, baggage labels are attached to the race number sent out prior to the event (for runners only).
All roads will re-open at 2pm, runners still on the course will be moved onto the pavement if they wish to continue.
Yes, there will be 5 water stations located at miles 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10 and 12. Water will be provided in 330ml sports cap bottles.
Yes, an energy drink will be available just before the 9 mile water station.
Yes, there will be toilets located at all drinks stations at miles 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10 and 12.
Yes, a team will be providing a free sports massage in the race village.
Professional medical staff will be available in the Race Village and along the course should you face difficulties. There will be medical support at all six drinks stations.
2016 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 is not obstructive to other runners. Please contact if you have any questions.
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.
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.