Hackney Residents, Click Here For Access Information on Festival Day!


30 Apr 2017


Hackney Half and Hackney 5.5K Sporters will receive race packs in the post about two weeks before the event. Did your friend receive their racepack and you're still waiting? Fear not, we'll be mailing packs through 24 April. 

Occasionally, one in 20,000 packs grows some legs and runs in the wrong direction. If you haven’t received your race pack by Friday 28th April, then you will need to collect a new one in person. You can do this either on Saturday 29th between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, or on Sunday 30th April from 07:30am onwards from our help desk, which will be located in the festival village in the Hackney Marshes, E9 5P.

Go Fit Yourself Sporters must be 13 or older. Chase your Mate 5.5k Sporters must be 15 or older. Hackney Half Sporters must be 17 or older. Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older who will be responsible for their supervision during the relevant activities. Unfortunately, our legal eagles won’t let us deviate from this one.

Yes! There is a special ticket for you challenge hungry Sporters.  It’s called the Hackney all in pass. This includes the Hackney Half, the Chase your Mate 5.5km, and a ‘Go Fit Yourself’ class. You go Sporter. 

Its super simple – add a pass to your basket and at checkout, select if you’re purchasing for yourself or a mate.

If you’re buying for a mate, add their details into the registration form.  After you’ve paid, they’ll get an email telling them how lucky they are!  Once your mate receives the email, they need to click on the link to claim it.

Get your passes now before they’re snapped up. We won’t have Hackney Half, 5.5K, or Fit Front Row places available on the day.

Fear not Sporter, your online profile stores everything for you. Log in to your profile on the Virgin Sport website and then check out your upcoming passes and receipts by clicking into your ‘account details’ and then ‘purchase history’.

Registration for the Hackney Half officially closes on 19 April 2017. The last day to sign up for the 5.5K and Fit Front Row upgrade is 28 April 2017. Registration is limited however, and it’s possible entries will sell out before the official closing dates.

You can change your address in your Virgin Sport profile at anytime. If you registered for the Hackney Half or Chase your Mate 5.5k, a race pack will be mailed to the address in your profile three weeks before the event. Didn't get your pack? No problem, we'll hook you up with a new pack at our festival helpdesk. 

Absolutely! If you’d like help with your fundraising then check out to get started. 

Yes – we accept elite entries into the Virgin Sport Hackney Half marathon. To enter as an elite, these are the qualifying 13.1 mile times:  Male: sub 70 mins / Females: sub 80 mins

Please submit your Power of 10 profile details [email protected] we’ll get back to you. If you’re an elite disco dancer, we want to hear from you too!

Only you can answer this question. Your health and safety is our number one priority. If you have any existing illnesses or injuries and/or are receiving treatment you should consult your doctor and follow their advice prior to starting any exercise regimen. During the event, listen to your body. If you have unusual pain or difficulty, you should stop running and see one of our race medics. Don’t forget to fill in the emergency contact and medical fields on the back of your bib. This will greatly help our medical staff if you do need any treatment during the Event

We love free fitness and champion it all year round. We like to keep life red hot and spicy so ‘Go Fit Yourself’ fitness sessions at the Hackney festival will be free for everyone to take part in.

Virgin Sport Hackney Half

Well, yes and no. This year, it's better than ever with a whole festival of sport, finishing up on the marshes, with yoga, fitness classes, a 5.5k and more...

The half marathon route is flat, fast and fun… the best for smashing personal records. The course profile will be added to the Virgin Sport website shortly. 

We’re about the good times not just the fast times. Each runners has 3:30 hours to complete the Hackney Half. This cut-off time means we can open roads on schedule to keep the rest of Hackney moving too.  

Yes, it is. We’ve had the good guys from UK Athletics down with their rulers to confirm the exact distance.

For the safety of yourself and other runners, we don’t allow any headphones, or anything else that could impact the experience or safety of yourself or others.


We’re sad that you can’t make it to Virgin Sport Hackney. When you purchased your pass(es), there will be no refunds, transfers or deferrals. Check out the full event terms and conditions on the website footer.


We love volunteers! If you’re keen to get involved, go to our Get in Touch page and log your details in the form. We’ll send you info on the events and the roles we have available.

The more, the merrier! If you’re part of a group that would like to get involved, please email: [email protected] to let us know how many of you there are and if you have a role preference. We’ll do our absolute best to make sure you’re all positioned together for the event!