On your marks, get set for the Hackney Marshes Open Day

Hackney Marshes Open day
Saturday, 10 September
8.30am – 5pm
Hackney Marshes, E9

Hackney Marshes is getting ready for a day of fun and sport for all the family. The Hackney Marshes Open Day is set to be packed with activities and plenty for everyone to do and get involved in.

Anyone can take part in the races that run from 9.30am - 4.30pm and intergenerational teams are encouraged in the 10k Relay Race. Grandma, Grandad and Grand children can get together and join the race and run, walk or jog!

Former Coronation Street actress, Tracey Brabin and her family are set to join the 10k race at Hackney Marshes

Runners can sign up on the day for the One2Go Lee Valley Marathon and Race Series, Novice run & bike & run, 10k, 5k, 1k fun run. There are still places in the Cabbies’ 5k Challenge and the Kids Olympic Rings Relay.

For more information and to sign up go to

In addition to the races, there is the Eid Cup 2011 football matches, Family Festival with local bands and singers, aerobics, Brazilian dance, cheerleading, massage, hula hooping, the Army inflatable paintballing range, non-contact boxing, stalls with fitness measurement and children’s activities.

There will also be guided walks starting from Hackney Town Hall to the Marshes with the view of the Olympic Park, and an opportunity to contribute to an Olympic skyline mural.

All participants will get a medal and a goody bag, and prizes will be presented by TV commentator, and former world champion duathlete, Annie Emmerson.

There will also be an opportunity to look round the new Hackney Marshes Centre at South Marsh; that opened in spring 2011. It provides 30 spacious changing rooms as well as educational and community facilities. A new café and terrace with views across the Marshes will open later in 2011.

Hackney Marshes is owned by Hackney Council and managed by social enterprise GLL (Greenwich leisure Ltd) and is open: Monday to Sunday, 8am-6pm. For bookings on Hackney Marshes and Mabley Green or to find out more about the Hackney Marshes Centre call 020 8986 7955 or email

For more information about all sports and leisure facilities in Hackney visit

Most events are free, some, like the races have a small registration cost. Family entries welcome and Over 50 s receive 50% off on advance entry. For more details and to sign up for races, please visit or contact or 07870430339.

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The event is a supported by Hackney Council and GLL, a social enterprise managing Hackney Council’s leisure centres.

Activities time table

•9.30am - 4.30pm: One2Go Lee Valley Marathon and Race Series (Novice run&bike&run, 10k, 5k, 1k fun run). For more information see
•1-5pm: Eid Cup 2011 football matches (Presentations from 4pm)
2-2.30pm: Brazilian dance
•2-3.30pm: Hula-hoop classes
•2-3pm: Kids Olympic tyre race (Presentation 4.15pm)
•3-3.30pm: Soca aerobics
•3.30-4pm: Yoga