On Sunday 22 June 2014, the first Hackney Half Marathon took place. Approximately 12,500 runners pounding the streets in temperatures around 23°C. The Start/Finish was on Hackney Marshes with a route taking in the main sights of the borough, including Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields Lido, Hackney Wick Skate Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As a seasoned (but out of shape) runner and Hackney local, I probably should have run it but chose to volunteer via Volunteer Lounge instead. From my perspective, the overall organisation of the event was good - A user-friendly website, detailed briefing on 3 June and updates via email. On the day I was a venue marshal assigned to the baggage marquee. Myself and 2 others were responsible for the personal belongings of runners with race numbers 8000-8800. During the race I went for a wander with my camera and saw the first man and woman cross the finish line, Pita Emase and Gladys Yator.
I can see this becoming a very popular annual event and I only hope that it doesn't become spoiled by greedy commercialists.
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