Female athlete in red vest and black shorts strikes a pose with her medal in the finish area
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The 2025 Wizz Air Hackney Half marathon has sold out of general entry places after the first two weeks of being on sale, with runners still able to secure charity places.

2025’s half marathon went on sale to those that took part this year during the weekend of the Hackney Moves festival, before going on general sale a few days later, and has now sold out of all general sale entries.

However, those wanting to sign up for the half marathon still can via the event’s official charity partners.

2024’s edition, with almost 25,000 entrants, helped to raise more than £2 million for charities, with participants for next year’s event able to run for a host of charities including headline partner Alzheimer’s Society and several local good causes like The Felix Project, Barts Charity, Hackney Night Shelter, and St Joseph’s Hospice Hackney.

The Wizz Air Hackney Half has cemented its position as London’s biggest and most popular half marathon, as part of the ever-growing two-day Hackney Moves festival.

Hackney Moves, which takes place on the iconic Hackney Marshes, hosts free family-friendly activity across both days from fitness classes and educational talks, to DJ sets, community group engagement, and fun activities for young people and adults alike.

Hackney Moves also organises the free-to-enter Community 5k, which saw nearly 6,000 entrants in 2024, as well as the local Schools’ Challenge which sees children from across East London complete the final mile of the challenge.

Ian Allerton, Director of Operations for Hackney Moves said: “Off the back of another sell-out and hugely successful Wizz Air Hackney Half in 2024, the popularity of the event is at an all-time high, with general entries selling out for 2025 in under two weeks, with unprecedented demand.

“With the event’s growth comes the chance to provide even more engagement with the community, and there are plenty of exciting ways that runners can still register for the 2025 Wizz Air Hackney Half, with new and improved offerings for charities and community groups.

“We are engaging with our current, and new, charity partners to fundraise even more than the £2m+ raised in 2024. This means increasing the number of places available for our fantastic charities.

“As an event at the heart of the Hackney community, we work with various local organisations, community and running groups and are looking to continue developing these relationships further to provide even more opportunities, via our distribution of discounted community places.

“The half marathon is just one part of the ever-growing Hackney Moves festival which offers free activities for the community to get involved in. A vital element for us is the free Community 5k, which offers an accessible distance and challenge for all, and the Schools’ Challenge.

“Our work with running clubs and community groups is crucial to Hackney Moves, despite the continued increases in the operational running costs for major event. We want to ensure that the event remains accessible to the local Hackney and wider London community who are at the heart of the event’s existence.”

The famous Wizz Air Hackney Half 13.1 mile route sets off from Hackney Marshes, making its way to the famous Hackney Empire before reaching the Stonebridge Gardens. Crossing the halfway point the runners passed the Regents Canal, making their way to Victoria Park before the final stretch through the iconic Hackney Wick.