No shortage of energy for runners in the Hackney Half and 5K
- Credit: LimeLight Sports Club
Last weekend 75,000 people get active on Hackney Marshes for the UK's largest outdoor fitness festival.
The three-day Hackney Moves celebration, which ran from September 24-26, saw thousands of runners take part in the Hackney Half marathon, Hackney 5K and a local schools' challenge.
Festival-goers were treated to an epic line-up of free entertainment plus sports and fitness activities at the event organised by LimeLight Sports Club.
The club's managing director, James Robinson, said: “Hackney Moves is all about bringing the community together to celebrate movement."
A record 30,000 people registered for the three running events.
The Hackney Half saw 26,500 people register, meaning it continues to be the second largest half marathon in the UK, and the most popular half in London.
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At 9am, runners hit the lively 13.1 mile route down Mare Street through a carnival of sound, past Hackney Town Hall, along Broadway Market, through Hackney Wick and over the finish line on Hackney Marshes.
Participants ran for more than 95 charities including Cancer Research UK, fundraising in excess of £800,000.
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The 2021 Hackney Half Marathon was won by Jonathan Cornish of Wimbledon Harriers athletics club and Laura Kaye of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets athletics club, with times of 1hr 06. 36. and 1hr.19.12. respectively.
Jonathan said: “I loved this event, it had a great atmosphere; from the entertainment to the singing and cheering spectators."
The event also saw thousands of beginner and young runners take part in the free Hackney 5K and Schools Challenge.
All finishers received an exclusive Nike Dri-Fit technical t-shirt, medal and official race-time.
Nana Badu, Nike ambassador and founder of Hackney Wick community sports group Badu Sports, said: "Our community has endured the deepest impact of the pandemic. And yet through all of that, we have committed to ourselves that we will do something for us.
"At a time when we have had to take care of families, partners, friends, neighbours; we’re now putting our health first. The joy of seeing our community choosing life. Choosing to run for freedom and for power. I am and always will be deeply proud to run with my community."
Race entries for Hackney Half 2022 are available now for for Limelight Sports Club members.
Find out more at: run.limelightsports.club/event/hackney-moves-2021/hackney-half