HACKNEY MOVES 2020 FESTIVAL WEEKEND – INCLUDING HACKNEY HALF MARATHON – POSTPONED
We are hugely grateful to you, the Hackney Moves community, for showing remarkable patience and understanding in this uncertain time. At Virgin Sport, public health and safety always comes first. We have been closely monitoring the developments relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in our events.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the guidance that we have received from local authorities and partners, the upcoming Hackney Moves festival weekend, including the Hackney Half Marathon, has been postponed.
We know that this will come as disappointing news for many dedicated runners who have been training hard in anticipation of the event taking place this May. It has been an incredibly challenging situation for all, including our dedicated and passionate event staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare for the 2020 edition of Hackney Moves. We have evaluated all options and have concluded that this is the most responsible course to ensure that we deliver a high quality, safe, sustainable and unforgettable event experience for everyone.
The current priority for London's transport operators, local authorities and all emergency services is to focus fully on the critical operations needed to allow London's key workers to get to and from work, as well as continuing to ensure the public are doing all we can to limit the spread and impact of Covid-19. Our team is working in collaboration with the London Borough of Hackney and all necessary agencies to secure a new Autumn event date, which we hope to announce within the next 3 weeks.
When a new event date has been confirmed we will email all Hackney Moves participants with essential registration information and a comprehensive guide to next steps. For now, you can visit this web page for regular updates and information.
Our Virgin Sport team is sending love and positivity to everyone as we know it's proving to be a tough time for running communities across the globe. Thank you for bearing with us in these unprecedented times.
— JESSICA FREY, CEO, VIRGIN SPORT
We are closely monitoring the developments relating to the spread of Covid-19 and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in our events.
Our commitments and priorities haven’t changed – meaning that public health and safety comes first. As a result, today’s planned training event has been cancelled and future training events have been postponed until further notice.
As things stand, no decision has been made to postpone or cancel the Hackney Moves festival weekend, including the Hackney Half Marathon event on 17 May, which is still over eight weeks away. Our team is working closely with the London Borough of Hackney and partners to evaluate all options, including postponement, on a day-by-day basis. As part of this, we’re preparing a range of contingencies to manage risks to our staff, runners, supporters and partners.
Our aim is to provide a further update on this event by the first week of April, including any relevant updates to our refund and deferral policies.
We are also thinking carefully about how our future events, including the ASICS London 10K and Oxford Half, may be impacted. As ever, we’ll continue to follow guidance from Public Health England and work closely with local authorities. For now, these events are set to go ahead as planned. We will provide updates on each event when appropriate.
Please check this webpage for regular updates over the coming weeks.
The health and safety of our staff, runners, supporters and partners, continues to be our priority. While no decision to postpone has been made to-date, we, along with our partners continue to closely monitor the developments of the coronavirus on a day-by-day basis. We are following the updates and advice given by Public Health England and will provide updates when appropriate.
In the meantime, we would advise all runners to seek our FAQ page for further information.