How to sign up for the 2021 Hackney Half

Jane McGuire
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From Runner's World

The Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon is one of London’s most popular half marathons. Although the 2020 event was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic, organisers are hoping the event will be back in 2021. Here's everything you need to know:

When is the Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon 2021?

Next year's Hackney Half Marathon is due to take place on Sunday 16 May 2021.

Where can I sign up to the 2021 Hackney Half Marathon?

Runners can register their interest for the 2021 event here. Entry will cost £54, which includes race photos, a technical Nike finisher's tee and a swag bag.

What time does the race start?

The 2021 race will start at 9am on Sunday 16 May. Over the coming months, race organisers will be working on plans to ensure the race is Covid-secure. This might involve allocating runners specific arrival and race start times, in order to control the flow of runners on the course.

The start process will be dependent on your predicted finish time. Further details will be sent to runners nearer the time.

Will there be a bag drop at the event?

In previous years there has been a bag drop at the Hackney Half, however the 2021 event might be different, to ensure the plans are 'Covid secure'.

What is the route of the Hackney Half Marathon?

While the route for the 2021 race has not yet been announced, you can see the 2019 course here:

How do I get my race number?

When registering for the race, runners have the choice between paying to get their race pack posted to them, or collecting it at the race village. Once registration is complete, Virgin Sport will be unable to post any race numbers to runners who have opted to collect them. If you have opted to collect your number, you will need to get it from the Festival Village on the Friday or Saturday before the race.

If you can’t make it to Hackney before the race, you can send someone to get your race number for you. In order for them to collect your race pack, they will need a copy, screenshot or photograph of your passport or driving license, and an email or printed copy of your confirmation email. Without both, they will not be able to collect your race pack.

If you have paid for delivery but have moved address, you can edit your details in your Virgin Sport profile.

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. Runners can also travel to the start via Homerton, which is on the London Overground.

Can I wear headphones?

There are no rules in place saying that runners cannot run with headphones, however they are encouraged not to for safety reasons.

Where are the best places to spectate?

There’s a number of live entertainers along the route, which might influence where you want to go and watch. For a full list of the performers on the course at the 2019 race, take a look at this entertainment guide.

The nearest tube stops to the course are Homerton by mile 1, Hackney Downs by mile 4, Hackney Central by mile 5, Haggerston by mile 7, London Fields by mile 8 or Hackney Wick by mile 11.

What will the weather be like for the Hackney Half?

It’s still too early to predict what the weather will be like for the 2020 Hackney Half, but as it is in May, it’s safe to say it’s likely to be warm.

When should I start training for the Hackney Half?

Most half marathon training plans are twelve weeks long, meaning most runners will have started training at the end of February for the Hackney Half.

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