On Sunday, May 3rd over 10,000 runners gathered at Hackney Marshes for the beginning of the 2017 Hackney Half.

With perfect running conditions and the sun breaking through the clouds, the local Hackney residents were out in force and high spirits, cheering the runners through the 13.1 mile course. The ReachOut team joined the crowds at mile 3.5 where we set up a cheer point and enthusiastically cheered our runners through the opening stages!

We were fortunate to have over 20 runners in this years’ event who have raised well over £10,000 for ReachOut!

Our runners’ ranged from university students and corporate mentors to former mentees, and there were some pretty impressive performances with the fastest finishing in 1:33 and all of them finishing in less than 2:30!

A huge shout out goes to the team from our corporate partner Macquarie Group, led by James Lovelace who is our in-house champion and recruited 4 extra runners to take part with him. Not only that, he also ran the Hackney Half in a brilliant Gnome costume.

Well done to Team Macquarie, who after matched funding, raised well over £5,000!!

Thank you so much to all of our runners who worked so hard training and fundraising. Next year, we are looking to double the number of young people we work with, and your hard work will help us towards this goal.

Bring on the 2018 Hackney Half!