Already one of the top ten 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 May 10th 2015 Hackney will close its roads to cars and open them to thousands of runners for Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon 2015. Now in its second year it is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Sold Out! — Entries for the half marathon have now sold-out! To pre-register for 2016 please click here.

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


Get yourself ready for the big day!

Click here to download a route map Click here to download the race brochure

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Love Hackney. Run Hackney.



  • A single lap through the heart of Hackney
  • 9am Race Start in Hackney Marshes
  • Incredible Hackney Hospitality as you are cheered on by thousands of supporters!
  • A tour of Hackney passing by; Hackney Marshes, Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields, Hackney Wick.
  • An updated route through the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, designed to enhance runner experience
  • Live entertainment to energise even the weariest of runners!

So, what are the bigger, better highlights for 2015?

Well last year we were the new kids on the block and the buzz around Hackney was immense! Following all the feedback to 2014’s run – this year will see some exciting developments to make Vitality Run Hackney bigger and better than ever!

  • A fantastic Brooks Techinical T-shirt for all finishers
  • Incredible Hackney supporters
  • More fabulous live entertainment
  • Same fab course but with an improved route through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • 6 water stations
  • A great goody bag
  • Live race results and text message with your official time
  • Secure bag-drop and changing facilities
  • A much deserved post-race massage
  • And don’t forget the bling… a sparkly new medal for 2015!




Standard entries have now sold-out for 2015 but don’t fret Official Charity places are still available for a limited time only! Click here to read all about our charity partners.

Race Pack

You will receive your race pack two weeks before the event weekend unless you entered via a charity after Wednesday 29th April – 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).

Refund and Transfers

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 9.00am from the southern end of Hackney Marshes
In the race village, baggage labels are attached to the race number sent out prior to the event (runners only).
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, there will be toilets located at all drinks stations at miles 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10 and 12.
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 mark.
All roads will re-open at 1pm, runners still on the course will be moved 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.
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.
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.
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, technical t-shirt, 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 online shop and there will also be official merchandise on sale in the Race Village on Sunday 10th May.
There have been minor changes to the 2014 route to enhance the course. There will be more distance inside Hackney within the first 10 miles of the run to allow for a modified journey through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park designed to enhance runner experience.
The course is measured and certified as accurate to 13.1miles UKA standard.
We are able to offer blue badge/disabled parking at the Race Village in Hackney Marshes Centre. We will need to issue you with a vehicle access pass to gain access through the road closure and into the car park. Please email with your vehicle registration details to enable us to issue you with a vehicle pass and to answer any further queries you may have.
There is a disabled viewing area at the start/finish funnel that will be sectioned off to allow disabled spectators a less crowded viewing experience.