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Experience the electric atmosphere of Hackney Moves Festival with both a Half-Marathon and 5k. Runners of all stripes will love this course that winds through the best that East London has to offer, supported by live bands and entertainment aplenty. This isn't just a race - it's a full-on festival.
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Limelight Sports Club has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Friday 14th May 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Review summary

50 Reviews
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Alex R
"A really fun and well organised race. Everything from the pre-race..."


Dom G
"This was my second year running this event and I absolutely loved it. From bib..."


Manon V
"My first ever DNF. Went off too hard and injured hamstring couldn't cope. As..."
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Move silly or serious in the UK's largest outdoor fitness festival run over 3 awesome days.

The Hackney Moves Festival runs from 14th - 16th May 2021 and features a Half Marathon and a 5k, and lots of other fitness fun from partners.

The whole event will have live entertainment and DJs to keep you inspired, not just at event centres but during the races. both at event HQ and on race routes.

The Route

Cruise down Mare Street through a carnival of sound, pass by the famous Town Hall, head through the historic Broadway Market, and then take in Hackney Wick, which is flush with vibrant street art.

While the 2021 Route will be similar to previous years, keep an eye out for the updated map which will be released early 2021.

Event Details

  • Exclusive NIKE Dri-Fit Technical T-shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Race Photos
  • Swag from Partners
  • Tote Bag (Half-Marathon Runners)

*Tickets will go on sale closer to the event date, but register your interest now!*

There will be thousands of runners, fans and supporters heading to Hackney Marshes for the Hackney Half. With a record 25,000 runners taking part, it is strongly recommended that you arrive at the Hackney Marshes at least one hour before the race starts.


2021 Schedule will become available closer to the event date.

  • Comfortable Running Clothes and Shoes
  • Water for the race

Get involved with LimeLight Sport and the local host city community! It takes a village to make our events incredible, and everyone is welcome to join us. There are lots of roles available during the race and street party experience, so there is something to suit everyone.

Check back in 2021 to register as a volunteer for this event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I listen to personal headphones during the races at the Hackney Moves Festival?
It is recommended that runners do not wear personal headphones both for safety reasons and to soak up the live entertainment on route!
At what time does the Hackney Half Marathon start?
The start time for Hackney Half Marathon 2021 has yet to be announced, but last year this race started at 9am. There are many other activities at this 3 day Festival of Fitness.
Is there an age requirement to participate in the Hackney Moves Festival?
Yes, participants must be 17 years or older.
Can I buy a ticket for the Hackney Moves Festival now?
Right now, participants interested in the event are asked to register their interest free of charge for the 2021 events.

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We share a passion for the active world. We believe in the power of sport to change behaviours, build communities and make a difference. We're for the first-timers, the fast-timers, the old-timers and the good-timers. We know this space better than anyone, yet we still learn something new each day. We're here with a purpose, for a purpose. We don't just talk about it. We just do it. We work and play as one team. Limelight Sports. Creating an active world. Together.


Hackney Moves reviews (50)

4.6 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    My first ever DNF. Went off too hard and injured hamstring couldn't cope. As ever, though, this was a great event with fantastic atmosphere throughout. We walked to a pub along the river afterwards which was a great way to celebrate those of us who had finished it!
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    Josh H

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    After being out of the loop for a number of years this course is a great one to get back into it. Vibes the whole way around, every turn was exciting and the support along the way amazing. It really felt like you were being encouraged to dig deep the whole way around. Loved every moment of it and will definitely be back for 2020.
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    Samuel B

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Awesome event - the atmosphere is just unreal! The community all really come out in support and make it electric!
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    Al C

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised, great atmosphere and music. Amazing event and race village at the end a festival feel ! Will definitely be going back for a 3rd time !
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    i Have done 4 half marathons and by far this is my favourite. Beating Paris, Wimbledon Common and Birmingham. Organisation was amazing and the support ALL around the course helped me to get a PB!!!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was my second year running this event and I absolutely loved it. From bib collection to crossing the finish line, the Virgin team go out of their way to put on a great experience. A combination of the weather being cooler this year, and the fact I had actually done some training leading up to to the race, helped me shave a couple of minutes off my time and set a new PB. Looking forward to coming back next year. And last but not least, as always, The Princess of Wales is the perfect post-race pub.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I highly enjoyed the Hackney Half this year! It was my second half and it was a completely different experience to the first. The atmosphere was amazing and really carried me round the course. i ended up knocking 20 mins off my first one last year. I highly recoment the Hackney half to anyone looking for a good fun run to do - it was brilliant fun and i really felt that i achieved something! Looking forwad to doing the 2020 one already!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A really fun and well organised race. Everything from the pre-race communication through to super easy bag drop (and collect) made it simple. Good food and drink options, clear meeting points etc. so logistically there was zero stress. The route was great and well supported throughout. It's pretty flat with a few ups and downs but a good entry level race which suited me perfectly. The location is a bit tricky to get to as it was a reasonable walk from the jubilee line.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Perhaps I'm a little spoiled with the scenery around South West London but the HH course was a little drab and empty in places early on. This was made up for by the troops of supporters down the line who were fab (shout out to the Run Dem Crew station and the GoodGym water station). There are a few unsuspecting hills particularly towards the end so be prepared for that. The water stations are really slow (i.e. lots of people queuing for them) but I think that's more a symptom of the huge number of people running which also makes it so awesome!
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