Published on February 12, 2014 | by Ashley Weston


Olympic legacy runs on in Hackney

Queen Elizabeth Park. The former London Olympic site

The route will take runners through the former Olympic park. [Flickr:eGuide travel]

London will get a new half–marathon this summer with the launch of Run Hackney.

The race will see Hackney host its first major event since the 2012 London Olympics, a spectacle that saw the area rejuvenated through improvement to facilities, revamped tube stations and the arrival of BT Sport in Hackney Wick, creating over 300 jobs in the process.

The event will be a closed roads race, taking athletes past some of London’s most cultural landmarks, including the Hackney Empire.

Runners will also be making sporting history, as this will be the first half–marathon to pass through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Up to 10,000 participants from charity runners to club runners are expected to take part in the inaugural event on June 22.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Hackney council, is very pleased: “I’m delighted that we’re now able to announce that Hackney’s first ever large scale half marathon will take place this June, and I can’t wait.

“Run Hackney will be a great showcase for the borough. Up to 10,000 people will be running past local landmarks, giving the chance to see what makes our area so special, at the same time as getting fit and raising money for charity.”

Applications to take part are now being received, and runners are being recommended to enter at before February 24 to benefit from the early bird discount.

Early bird tickets cost £35 with standard tickets costing £42.

For more information visit the event’s Twitter page @RunHackney or go to their Facebook page:



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