Vitality Run Hackney 5km #MyMoments

In it’s second year, this weekend is the new home for the Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon and the 5km which takes place the day before.

Vitality Run Hackney 5km 

Saturday 9th May 2015, 3.00pm 

The 5km is billed as a community event, to get those involved in the weekend who don’t quite feel ready for 21km yet. It’s also free which makes it accessible to everyone and you still get the same race experience with a medal, water etc.

I was umming, and ahhhhing about this event when the day came. I went into town for the Spin LDN show then did a bit of walking around to get some pictures for a project which made me run a little behind schedule. I figured if I got to the station in time, I’d go run, if not, I’d stay on the train and go home. I made it.

The Start: I did have to rush a little, but there were no queues or crowds; everyone was busy getting warmed up and then settling into the staring pen. I quickly joined the back of the starting pen after dropping my bag off and a quick loo stop.

I got my TomTom ready and before I knew it, it was 3pm and we were off.

The Route: All set in Hackney Marshes so this was a novelty for me! It did mean that half the course was on the pavement and half on grass (not my favourite). Overall, it was a great route though, even if a little narrow (this could have been resolved by starting us in two little waves). I enjoyed looking into the distance to see where I would be running!

The Crowd: Not a lot of people were out cheering but those that were were appreciated! The marshals were great too giving us updates (even if not always accurate) on where we were on the route and how far was left. There was a lovely crowd at the finish line though who all got to see me pretend to sprint finish (that was for you Bethan and in the name of being honest, I actually walked a short bit before the bend to the finish line so I could muster up the energy!)

The Atmosphere: It was a great event, and the perfect day for running with spells of sunshine and a cooling wind. Everyone on the course was friendly with most chatting away (or was that just me?!). There were lots of friendly faces I knew which made it so much more fun getting to catch up briefly!

The Medal: The main reason I was motivated to run and it was definitely worth it! I’m now looking forward to my medal tomorrow even more which I hope is different to today (that was some of the feedback from 2014).

So my legs got their shakeout run; 5km in under 30 minutes. I think I went a bit wild! But I was in it for the EXPERIENCE and the same will be said for the half marathon even though it will hurt more! 

So, catch me at the finish line! 

Elle 🙂 



  1. thesilvahlining
    May 12, 2015 / 22:16

    Nice medal for a free race! I have to go read about the half now 🙂

    • thesilvahlining
      May 12, 2015 / 22:18

      or when it gets posted… lol!

    • Elle Linton
      May 13, 2015 / 08:50

      Coming on Friday 🙂 did't want every day to be about running! …surely the suspense makes it more magical!? 😉

  2. Corey @ Learning Patience
    May 12, 2015 / 18:12

    Glad you enjoyed the race, I ran the half and thought it was WAY hilly… Oh my, flat is definitely not how I would describe the course…awesome medals though eh?xoxo from London

    • Elle Linton
      May 13, 2015 / 08:50

      I think after the North London Half anything less than that feels flat! I don't remember any major hills on Sunday but thats prob just my memory glossing over the events of the day! haha! Cognates on completing too 🙂 and yup, the medal is awesome (bigger than the 5km one which was one of my first world problems from 2014)! xoxo

  3. May 12, 2015 / 00:15

    Sounds like a fun race! I don't know how i'd do with an afternoon start. I'm such a morning runner…

    • Elle Linton
      May 12, 2015 / 07:46

      I think it works well if you like to eat 🙂 plenty of time to get fuelled and hydrated! Also, if they're encouraging people who wouldn't normally run, I guess they don't wanna put them off from the get go with an early start!

  4. Kelli
    May 11, 2015 / 22:29

    Interesting – a 3PM race. Was it hot? I have done one evening race and then a relay where we ran at odd times. It is a very different race day routine. Nice job!

    • Elle Linton
      May 12, 2015 / 07:45

      yeah it was pretty warm! but thankfully the faster you ran the less time you spent in the sun! haha! …it was nice to get stuff done before the race cos after races I'm not usually all that productive! 😉

  5. Tenminutesspare
    May 11, 2015 / 14:19

    Sounds like fun. Good luck with the half marathon tomorrow!

    • Elle Linton
      May 12, 2015 / 07:44

      Thanks 🙂 HM post coming later this week!

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