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Everything you need to know about running the 2022 Hackney Half Marathon

Here's all the details on this year's race

2021 hackney half

When is the Hackney Half Marathon 2022?

The Hackney Half Marathon is due to take place on Sunday 22 May 2022.

What time does the race start?

The 2022 race will start at 9am. However, participants will start in waves according to their predicted finish time and organisers are asking participants to arrive at least one hour before their estimated start time.

Arrival times are as follows:

hackney half 2022 arrival times

Will there be a bag drop at the event?

There will be bag drop tents within the festival village. At the bottom of your race number are two tear off tags – the bottom attaches to your bag and is your baggage label, the top tag is your reclaim tag, which you will need to keep attached to your race number and have ready to hand to the baggage staff to collect your bag after the race.

What is the Hackney Half Marathon route?

The route starts and finishes in the race village on Hackney Marshes, taking runners through Clapton, Hackney Downs, Dalston, Haggerston, London Fields and Hackney Wick.

hackney half marathon route

Where is the Hackney Half Marathon start line?

The start line for the Hackney Half Marathon is in the heart of the festival village on Hackney Marshes. The address is: Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, Hackney, E9 5PF.

There will be a number of road closures and diversions in place from 06:30.

How do I get my race number?

When registering for the race, runners can either opt to have their race number posted to them, or collect it at the race village. If you have opted to collect your number, you will need to get it from the help desk in the festival village on Saturday 21 May between 9:00 – 17:00. Race number collection will not be available on race day.

How do I get to the start line?


The nearest underground tube station to the start line is Leyton, which is on the Central Line and is 20 minutes walk to the festival village.

Stratford Station is 25 minutes walk to the Festival Village and operates Central & Jubilee line services, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services.


London Overground will be running four additional services per hour from 07:00 – 09:00 in each direction between Camden Road & Stratford. The nearest stations are as follows:

  • Clapton station: 30-minute walk to the race village
  • Hackney Wick station: 20-minute walk to the race village (organisers recommend beating the crowds at Homerton Station and using this station instead)
  • Homerton Station: 20-minute walk to the race village

    There will be signs and marshals wearing high visibility vests to guide you from the stations to the race village.


    There will be numerous bike parking facilities within the race village. You will need to
    bring an appropriate cable or chain lock.


    Westfield Stratford City has 4,500 spaces available and is a 25-minute walk to the race village.


    Due to road closures a number of local bus services will be running on diversions on event morning from 6:30. For further details, check here.

    Can I wear headphones?

    There are no rules in place saying runners cannot run with headphones, however, organisers strongly suggest running without headphones to hear any necessary emergency announcements and to soak up the sounds along the route.

    Where will the aid stations be on the course?

    There will be five aid stations on the course at; 3.5, 5.25, 7, 9.5, 11.25 miles, where water will be provided in 100% recyclable cups. Fuel will be provided at mile 7.

    What entertainment will there be on route?

    There will be live entertainment positioned at every mile. Performers are as follows:

    • Mile 1 - London School of Samba
    • Mile 1.9 - Hosen Brass Band
    • Mile 4 - Tune Trucks
    • Mile 3.1 - La MixTrax Band
    • Mile 5.3 - Hackney Empire Choir
    • Mile 6.8 - Taiko Drumming School
    • Mile 8 - Brass Bound
    • Mile 8.5 - DJ G
    • Mile 10.2 - Pantonic Orchestra
    • Mile 10.6 - West End Musical Choir
    • Mile 11.5 - Big Locker Hire
    • Mile 12.6 - Drum Works

      Is there a race cut-off time?

      Roads will be closed for the Hackney Half for 3.5 hours for all runners. Any runners going more slowly who are predicted to finish after 13:15 may be asked to move to the pavement so the roads can be reopened.

      Where are the best places to spectate?

      The Hackney Half is famous for its race-day atmosphere and spectator support, with supporters expected in their thousands. The race village in Hackney Marshes is the prime spot for seeing the race start and finish, however there are various viewing points along the route that have DJs playing and should allow you to see your runners three times.

      These are:

      • Fan hub 1: Outside Hackney Town Hall, Mare St, London E8 1EA
      • Fan hub 2: 117 Mare St, London E8 4RU
      • Fan hub 3: Outside 255 Victoria Park Road, London E9 5DY

        There's a Fan hub walking route that is 3.87 miles long and will take you to each of the fan hub locations. It is marked in blue on the map below.

        fan hub walking route hackney half marathon

        You can also track your runners via the Limelight Sports Club app – you can download for Android here and for iPhone here.

        The nearest tube stops to the course are:

        • Homerton by mile 1
        • Hackney Downs by mile 2 and 4
        • Dalston Kingsland by mile 3
        • Hackney Central by mile 5
        • Haggerston by mile 7
        • London Fields by mile 9
        • Hackney Wick by mile 12

          Check the event website for more info or contact hello@hackneymoves.com for race enquiries.

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