Hackney Festival of Fitness - this weekend!
The Hackney Festival of Fitness - which culminates in the half marathon - is set to return to the borough this weekend.
With over 27,000 runners taking to the borough’s streets in the Hackney Half and Hackney 5K, it is expected to be the biggest event in its history.
On Saturday, there is a dedicated day of fitness classes for all ages and abilities, including drum and bass workout Fight Klub, Ministry of Sound Fitness’ the Evolution of Music and Sweat & Sound yoga and meditation before Sunday’s half marathon.
This weekend’s Hackney Half Marathon will also become the largest running race in the UK to eliminate single-use plastic after the Council worked with Virgin Sport to secure this feat.
Ever since the Hackney Half started in 2013, it’s been an inspiration to see so many people out running on Hackney’s streets. I loved each time I ran in the half-marathon and I met lots of people who told me they’ve taken up running as a result of seeing it every year. I can’t wait for this weekend’s event and wish everyone competing the best of luck!
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks
The U.K discards 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles every day, as part of a much larger plastics problem that is driving global warming and environmental destruction on a massive scale. This administration was elected on a manifesto to aggressively reduce the plastics we consume and, having taken action through our catering and procurement of goods and services, zero waste week, and our water fountain, object lending library, and low plastic zone projects, I’m delighted that Hackney is now home to the largest UK running event to exclude single-use plastics, eliminating a staggering 225,000 bottles in just one day.
We believe that rapid reductions in avoidable plastic is an urgent environmental necessity and are demonstrating that, with sufficient will, it’s possible to achieve this goal.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability, & Community Services