The 2021 Hackney Half has been postponed

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From Runner's World

Following the government's roadmap announcement, the 2021 Hackney half marathon has been postponed. The event, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 16 May, has been moved back to Sunday 26 September 2021.

The 'cautious' four-part plan to lift lockdown begins with the reopening of schools on 8 March. With the vaccination programme progressing well, Johnson hopes by 21 June all 'legal limits on social contact' will be removed, meaning a return to events like parkrun and races.

When is the Hackney Half Marathon 2021?

The Hackney Half Marathon is due to take place on Sunday 26 September.

Will my spot automatically be deferred to the September race?

Yes, runners who had a spot in the May event will automatically be moved to the September race. Runners who can't make the new date are being asked to log into their Race Roster account by 11:59PM GMT on Monday 1 March to confirm what they would like to do with their Hackney Half ticket.

What time does the race start?

The 2021 race will start at 9am. 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 start times to control the flow of runners on the course.

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

Will there be a bag drop at the event?

In previous years there has been a bag drop at the Hackney Half, but the 2021 event might be different to ensure the event is Covid-secure.

What is the route?

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

How do I get my race number?

When registering for the race, runners can either pay to have their race pack posted to them, or collect it at the race village. Once registration is complete, organisers 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 moved address, you can contact LimeLight Sports Club here.

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 runners cannot run with headphones, but they are encouraged not to for safety reasons.

Where are the best places to spectate?

There are 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?

It’s still too early to predict what the weather will be like for the Hackney Half!

When should I start training?

Most half-marathon training plans are 12 weeks long, meaning most runners will have started training at the beginning of July for the Hackney Half.

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