Get involved in a truly unique running experience this Summer. Be one of the first to take to the streets in a fresh new half marathon for London. Make history with Vitality Run Hackney.

Run Hackney

Entries are now closed for the first ever Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon. Put your name down for 2015’s Half Marathon pre-register here and be the first to hear when entries open!

On 22nd June 2014, Hackney will close its roads to cars and open them to thousands of runners for the very first time. Already one of the top ten biggest half marathons in the country, before the first runner has even tied their laces, Vitality Run Hackney is set to be, the fresh, new half marathon to hit the capital.

The race starts at 9am in Hackney Marsh and thousands of runners and spectators will bring the streets of Hackney to life for the first ever Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon.

Runners will breeze their way past the famous Hackney Empire. Pick up the pace at Broadway Market. And finally, catch their 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.


Click here to download a route map


Click here to download the race brochure


  • 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 provided by Fix
  • Stay refreshed at regular drink stations




Standard entries have now closed for 2014 but don’t fret you can now pre-register for 2015 here.


You will receive your race pack two weeks before the event weekend unless you entered via a charity after Wednesday 11th June – in this case you will need to collect your race pack from the help desk on race day.

Some race packs are lost in the post, if yours doesn’t arrive please bring a copy of the email you received when you registered and collect a new pack from the help desk in the event village (open from 7.30am).


We operate a 7 day cooling off period. You can cancel your place provided we receive written notice (letter or email) of cancellation within 7 days of payment of the entry fee. Cancellation during this 7 day period will result in a full refund.

After this period we operate the following:
- 121 days + before the Event: offered a partial refund or credit to be used against entry into the same event in 2015
- 61 – 120 days before the Event: no refund but will be offered a partial credit to be used against entry into the same event in 2015
- 31 – 60 days before the Event: no refund or credit but will be offered a guaranteed place into the same event in 2015.

Race Numbers are issued to the individual completing the application and they cannot be sold or transferred.


The race starts at 9.00 am from the Southern end of Hackney Marsh.
In the race village, baggage labels are attached to the race number sent out prior to the event (runners only).
Yes, thanks to Run Dem Crew who will be providing pacers to help runners hit the target times 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.
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, 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.
There is a cut-off time of 3.5 hours, runners predicted to finish after this time will be asked to move onto the pavement if they wish to continue.
There will be changing in the runner’s village but no shower facilities.
Yes, a team from FIX will be providing 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.
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 sponsorship 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 have crossed the finish line.
Yes, you will be emailed your official race photographs a couple of days after the event.
You can buy Vitality Run Hackney branded merchandise at our event shop here.
The course is measured and certified as accurate to 13.1miles UKA standard.