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HACKNEY HALF

Twenty thousand people defied baking sunshine to race 13 miles around the borough in this morning's Hackney Half.

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for Sunday's Hackney Half. He has been giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. Here are some last little pre-race tips to have you in the best possible shape on the day.

Two superhero schoolkids, one of whom has type 1 diabetes, are taking on the Hackney Half for charity.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter is not just a place to sleep - it also aims to get guests off the streets permanently. With funds raised by Gazette staff running the Hackney Half next month, it may be able to stay open longer and help more. Vicky Munro finds out more.

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week, what to eat - and when.

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week it's all about mixing things up.

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week, he tackles the phenomenon of over-training.

A mental health charity off Mare Street is appealing for runners to take on the Hackney Half in the wake of government cuts.

PT Matt Smith is preparing the Gazette's running team for the Hackney Half - as well as bringing you regular fitness tips to encourage you to take on the race and help with training.

Thinking of taking on the Hackney Half this year but worried that you're not ready?

Claude Umuhire leads running sessions for disadvantaged young people on Well Street Common. Having once been homeless, he knows all too well the difference running can make to a young life. The Gazette went along to find out more (and get in some training for the Hackney Half).

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