There have been a lot of race highlights for me this year, but one of my favourites has to be the Hackney half marathon weekend. I ran the relaxed 5k on the Saturday and the half on the Sunday and absolutely loved the whole event. Getting to run the race for the first time was fantastic, and it was just a great all round day, well organised, good route, great support and atmosphere, other than the heat, it was fab! My only criticisms were that it was too late in the summer for the race as the heat was unbearable and the final 3 mile section in the Olympic park of out and backs was brutal. Thankfully the organisers have taken everyone’s feedback on-board and made changes to make next years race even better!
The event registration has just opened for next year’s event on Sunday 10th May 2015- a little earlier in the summer, and hopefully a little cooler! The run is an enjoyable, relatively flat and speedy course through the heart of East London, starting and finishing at Hackney Marshes. The event is run on closed roads, and this year will have a much improved route through the Olympic Park- one of my only gripes from last time around!
I think it’s a really great event for those looking to step up to half marathon distance for the first time, or more seasoned PB chasers, or even those just doing it for a bit of fun! It’s a big event, but other than the start pens I never felt thr route was overly crowded or congested. There was a really good buzz around Hackney all weekend, and I loved running round some of my regular training places in a race setting.
The event is expected to sell out quickly, with thousands already pre-registered, you can enter now for £44 unaffiliated (42 affiliated) and currently £5 off that for a limited time only. This is similar to what I paid last year, it might seem pricey for a half, but I thought it was worth it last year, especially as it had the best goody bag I’ve ever had at a race, mostly Vegan which meant I could use almost everything! Entry includes a mens/ladies fit tech t-shirt, which is also an improvement from last year, live entertainment on course and race village, lots of water stations, and of course a sparkly medal!
I’ve been kindly gifted a race entry for next year and am already looking forward to the race, and hope to see you there!