Hackney Half Marathon 2024: route, start time and everything you need to know

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s running season. The London Marathon (basically the Glasto of the running calendar) has been and gone, but you’ve probably still spotted people clocking miles along London’s pavements – running vests packed, sports watches activated. Chances are they’re prepping for the Hackney Half.  

The main event of the two-day Hackney Moves festival, the Hackney Half Marathon in London’s most popular 13.1 mile running event. As runners make their way around Hackney, there’s live bands and DJs creating immaculate vibes at each and every mile.

Whether you’re one of the thousands of sprinting, jogging and dashing around the borough, or planning to give it your all supporting from the sidelines, here’s all the info you need.

When is the Hackney Half Marathon?

The Hackney Half is happening this weekend on Sunday May 19. It’s scheduled to start from 9am. 

The start times for each pen are: 

  • Start Pen A-B: 9am-9.20am
  • Start Pen C-D: 9.20am-9.40am
  • Start Pen E-F: 9.40am-10am
  • Start Pen G-H: 10am-10.20am

Where does the Hackney Half start and finish?

Runners will begin at Hackney Marshes and loop around the borough to finish back where they started. 

What’s the 2024 route?

The route takes participants past some iconic Hackney landmarks. They’ll loop around Hackney Downs, pass in front of Hackney Empire, cross Regent’s Canal, go by Broadway Market and London Fields, border Victoria Park and roll through the streets of Hackney Wick. Here’s a look at the full route.  

map for hackney half 2024
Image: Hackney Moves

What’s the cut off time for the race?

There’s a race cut off time of 3 hours and 30 minutes, after which runners can stay on the course but will have to move to the pavements so that Hackney’s roads can reopen. 

Where are the best spots to watch?

The whole course is accessible to spectators. If you want a particularly vibey spot, head to one of the mile markers, where bands and DJs will be performing. Take your pick from the following: 

Mile 1: Tune Trucks
Mile 2: Hosen Brass Band
Miles 2.2 and 4: Electric People
Mile 3.1: La Mix Trax
Mile 5.5: Hackney Empire Choir
Mile 6.9: Taiko Drumming School
Mile 8: Brass Bound
Mile 9.5: DJ G
Mile 10.2: Pantonic Orchestra
Mile 10.7: West End Choir
Mile 11.5: Single Homeless Project
Mile 12.7: Drumworks

How much does it cost to enter?

Places for this year’s half are all sold out. But if you’re thinking about being part of the action next year, registration costs £54 or £29.99 for a charity place. Booking for 2025 isn’t open yet but you can register your interest here

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