London's Hackney landscape including flats

Start location

Hackney Marshes

Homerton Road


E9 5PF

Event facilities

Raising £250 can pay for a trainer to deliver face-to-face training to a class of 32 children.

Join #TeamSJA

Run your way through vibrant East London on flat and fast city streets. The cheering crowds will carry you past the Hackney Downs, Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, Victoria Park, and the London Stadium. Just like the borough, this route brings the spirit.

Run for us and we’ll be with you every step of the way – literally. Our dedicated volunteers will be lining the route, ready if you need them to pick you up, dust you down and get you over the finish line!

We'll support you every step of the way

We’ll be there to help you meet your fundraising targets and to make the most out of your half marathon experience.

Our support package includes:

  • training and fundraising support
  • a St John Ambulance running vest
  • cheers from the St John Ambulance team out on the course
  • a souvenir certificate.

Got a question?

If you have a question or would like to find out more about our events, our fundraising team would be happy to help.


Amazing atmosphere, such incredible support from the people of Hackney! Great to see St John Ambulance volunteers along the route too – I felt so proud to support them. - Lucie, runner

Join #TeamSJA

Already got a place in the Virgin Hackney Half Marathon?

If you already have your own place we would love to have you join our team. We don’t have a minimum sponsorship target, but any funds you can raise would be hugely appreciated. You'll receive the same support as a charity place runner.