Hackney Half takes you through the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Hackney’s beautiful green spaces. Celebrate the best of the East End with this half marathon!
- Date: Sunday 21st May 2023
- Distance: 13.1 miles
- Location: Hackney
- Entry fee: £15
- Minimum fundraising target: £300 excluding Gift Aid.
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Take on Hackney Half 2023 for Central London Samaritans!
How we will support you
- A Samaritans branded vest
- A dedicated point of contact throughout your entire journey
- Help and support in sharing your story
- Access to fundraising and awareness raising materials
- A certificate to mark your fundraising achievements (if requested)
Why we need your support
Your help will enable us to be there for someone in need, who has perhaps reached crisis point or who is struggling to cope.
Central London Samaritans, based in the heart of London, is the founding branch of the wider Samaritans organisation. We are an independent charity and wholly responsible for our own operational and fundraising activities.
Our volunteers provide confidential, non-judgemental, emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope for whatever reason. We're here to listen round the clock every hour of every day and have provided this support without interruption since opening in 1953 at St Stephen Walbrook. At Samaritans, we receive a call for help every 7 seconds.
Having spent a few months rehabilitating from stubborn injuries, I decided to take on the Hackney Half as a personal challenge and as an opportunity to support the great work of the team and volunteers at CLS. The atmosphere and support from spectators and fellow runners was fantastic and, having been a bit of a running sceptic for many years, has left me keen to sign up for other events going forward!
I'd been thinking about running a half marathon for a while, and not long after I became a volunteer at CLS, I heard about the possibility of running the Hackney Half to support the branch. It was the push I needed! Running for a cause gave me purpose, and was a way for me to fundraise for an organisation I really care about. It really was a great decision; what kept me going from mile 10 to the finish was thinking about why and for what I was running.