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Covid-19

29 May

We hope you are safe and well during this challenging time. We would like to thank you for your patience in recent weeks whilst we have worked hard to confirm the status of our 2020 events.

Given the current restrictions on mass gatherings and the social distancing measures which are likely to be in place for some time to come, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Hackney Half and the ASICS London 10K to 2021. As things stand, no decision has been made to postpone the Oxford Half.

We are pleased to announce that next year’s Hackney Half will take place on Sunday 16 May 2021, subject to final permissions from the relevant authorities. The ASICS London 10k traditionally takes place in July, and we are working with the local authorities and stakeholders to confirm the new date for 2021. We hope that you will run with us in 2021 and with that in mind, we have automatically deferred those with general entry places to the 2021 event. If you purchased an entry directly from Virgin Sport and do not wish to participate in the 2021 event, you can request a refund up until 30 June 2020. We have outlined the process for requesting a refund in our postponement FAQs.

We understand this is disappointing news, but we appreciate you will understand that the decision was made with the health and safety of our participants in mind. We would like to thank the London Borough of Hackney, Westminster City Council, TfL, the emergency services and all other relevant local authorities and agencies for their support during this challenging time. 

Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming you to a start line in 2021.

Postponement FAQs

15 MAY

We are hugely grateful to you, the Hackney Moves community, for showing remarkable patience and understanding in this uncertain time. We're working hard with the local authorities to provide updates on the 2020 Hackney Moves festival. We hope to announce the new Hackney Moves festival weekend by early June. Given the level of ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19 we are not in a position to give you the final details yet. 

You can find essential registration information including an update on our postponement policies in our FAQs. There are options for all participants that are unable to run on the new date. We recommend no action from runners at this point. When the new event date has been confirmed we will email all participants with a comprehensive guide to next steps.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce the launch of Hackney Moves for Heroes, a solo running challenge benefitting Homerton Hope, Hackney's Homerton Hospital NHS trust and other charities impacted by COVID-19. Choose your distance (5K or Half Marathon), complete your run and upload your finish time to receive a virtual goody bag and join the leaderboard. In addition to the digital goody bag for all finishers, there will be prizes on offer for each male and female age category winner. Anyone can register for free, regardless of whether you are registered for the Hackney Half or Hackney 5K.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support in these unprecedented times. For the latest information, please continue to check this webpage regularly.

 

HACKNEY MOVES FOR HEROES REGISTRATION FAQs

24 APRIL

ASICS LONDON 10K 2020 RACE EDITION – EVENT UPDATE

We are sorry to let you know that the ASICS London 10K will no longer take place on 5 July 2020. Consistent with guidance from local authorities and our partners, we have concluded that this is the most responsible course to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in our events.

The current priority for London's transport operators, local authorities and emergency services is to focus fully on the critical operations needed to allow London's key workers to get to and from work, as well as continuing to ensure the public are doing all we can to limit the spread and impact of Covid-19.

We know that the ASICS London 10K is a special day in the running calendar for thousands of you, and we will be disappointed not to bring this incredible celebration of running to the heart of London in its usual summer spot.  We’re working closely with Westminster City Council and other key stakeholders to explore all contingency options. Discussions are ongoing and we will provide regular updates over the coming weeks. For the latest information, please continue to check this web page.

When we have further clarity, we will email all participants with information regarding any new dates and a comprehensive next steps guide. In any scenario, ASICS London 10K general entry holders will be given the option to defer to 2021, donate your entry to a charity, transfer your entry to a mate or request a refund. Given we are still working through various options, we recommend no action from runners at this point. We will be in contact with participants before the end of May to provide an update on event information and next steps for runners.

We look forward to the day when we will once again pace the iconic streets of our nation’s capital together. For now, we’d like to express our sincere thanks to you for remaining patient and positive in this challenging period.

 

- Jessica Frey and the Virgin Sport Team

22 APRIL

We’d like to update you on our progress towards securing a new autumn event date for the Hackney Moves festival weekend, including Hackney Half. We are pleased to let you know that we are now close to securing a provisional autumn date. However, given the level of the ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19, we are not in a position to give you the final details yet. Our team is working tirelessly with London's transport operators, local authorities and emergency services to finalise our approach, and we hope to announce the new Hackney Moves festival weekend date as soon as possible. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. In the meantime, for the latest information, please continue to check this webpage regularly.

3 APRIL

We know that you are waiting patiently for an update on the Hackney Moves event weekend, as well as your Hackney Half 2020 race entry. Discussions to secure new autumn event dates are ongoing, and we hope to share good news within the next two weeks. The current priority for London's transport operators, local authorities and emergency services is to focus fully on the critical operations needed to allow London's key workers to get to and from work, as well as continuing to ensure the public are doing all we can to limit the spread and impact of Covid-19. Your patience and positivity are invaluable in this challenging period.

In the meantime, you can find essential registration information including an update on our postponement policies in our FAQs. There are options for all participants that are unable to run on the new autumn date. Hackney Half general entry holders will be given the option to defer to 2021, donate your entry to a charity, transfer your entry to a mate or request a refund. We recommend no action from runners at this point. When the new autumn event date has been confirmed we will email all participants with a comprehensive guide to next steps.

In this period of uncertainty, we are determined to provide runners with motivation and support to continue their training journey. Today, we are excited to unveil a new series of virtual training and advisory sessions to keep you moving. Tune in to our social channels to access indoor training tips and quarantine hacks from Hackney Moves community greats and your Virgin Sport teammates.

Thank you for your patience and kindness,

- Jessica Frey and the Virgin Sport Team

REGISTRATION FAQs CONTACT US

27 MARCH

HACKNEY MOVES 2020 FESTIVAL WEEKEND – INCLUDING HACKNEY HALF MARATHON – POSTPONED

We are hugely grateful to you, the Hackney Moves community, for showing remarkable patience and understanding in this uncertain time. At Virgin Sport, public health and safety always comes first. We have been closely monitoring the developments relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in our events.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the guidance that we have received from local authorities and partners, the upcoming Hackney Moves festival weekend, including the Hackney Half Marathon, has been postponed.

We know that this will come as disappointing news for many dedicated runners who have been training hard in anticipation of the event taking place this May. It has been an incredibly challenging situation for all, including our dedicated and passionate event staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare for the 2020 edition of Hackney Moves. We have evaluated all options and have concluded that this is the most responsible course to ensure that we deliver a high quality, safe, sustainable and unforgettable event experience for everyone.

The current priority for London's transport operators, local authorities and all emergency services is to focus fully on the critical operations needed to allow London's key workers to get to and from work, as well as continuing to ensure the public are doing all we can to limit the spread and impact of Covid-19. Our team is working in collaboration with the London Borough of Hackney and all necessary agencies to secure a new Autumn event date, which we hope to announce within the next 3 weeks.

When a new event date has been confirmed we will email all Hackney Moves participants with essential registration information and a comprehensive guide to next steps. For now, you can visit this web page for regular updates and information.

Our Virgin Sport team is sending love and positivity to everyone as we know it's proving to be a tough time for running communities across the globe. Thank you for bearing with us in these unprecedented times.

- Jessica Frey, CEO, Virgin Sport

16 MARCH

We are closely monitoring the developments relating to the spread of Covid-19 and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in our events.

Our commitments and priorities haven’t changed –  meaning that public health and safety comes first. As a result, today’s planned training event has been cancelled and future training events have been postponed until further notice. 

As things stand, no decision has been made to postpone or cancel the Hackney Moves festival weekend, including the Hackney Half Marathon event on 17 May, which is still over eight weeks away. Our team is working closely with the London Borough of Hackney and partners to evaluate all options, including postponement, on a day-by-day basis. As part of this, we’re preparing a range of contingencies to manage risks to our staff, runners, supporters and partners.

Our aim is to provide a further update on this event by the first week of April, including any relevant updates to our refund and deferral policies.

We are also thinking carefully about how our future events, including the ASICS London 10K and Oxford Half, may be impacted. As ever, we’ll continue to follow guidance from Public Health England and work closely with local authorities. For now, these events are set to go ahead as planned. We will provide updates on each event when appropriate.

Please check this webpage for regular updates over the coming weeks.

5 March

The health and safety of our staff, runners, supporters and partners, continues to be our priority. While no decision to postpone has been made to-date, we, along with our partners continue to closely monitor the developments of the coronavirus on a day-by-day basis. We are following the updates and advice given by Public Health England and will provide updates when appropriate.

In the meantime, we would advise all runners to seek our FAQ page for further information.

Registration FAQs