The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run around the top of Hackney Marshes on paved tracks with a small section on grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Hackney Marshes parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to humans through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Hackney Marshes parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map


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Course Description

The course consists of a ‘there and back’ route around Hackney Marshes, following the edge of the main marsh for 2.5km to the turn around point on the path next to the River Lea, and then 2.5 km back on the same route. The course has spectacular views of the Olympic site and a lovely stretch following the River Lea navigation channel. It is flat course, the vast majority of which is run on tarmac, with the start/finish section located on mown grass.

Facilities

Toilets are available in the Hackney Marshes Centre next to the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The course starts at the Hackney Marshes Centre in the south east corner of the main marsh, just next to eastern most end of Homerton Road, before the junction with the A12. It is a large and distinctive rust coloured building, with full shower and changing facilities on site. The start line is located next to the football pitches, just outside the western entrance to the Hackney Marshes Centre. The postcode for finding the Hackney Marches Centre is E9 5PF.

Getting there by public transport

The 308, 276, 236 and W15 buses run very close to the start of the course. The closest rail stations are Homerton and Hackney Wick. You can use TfL Journey Planner to plan your journey, using the postcode E9 5PF as your destination.

Getting there on foot

The Marshes are accessible by foot from all directions.

Getting there by road

The Hackney Marshes Centre is located on Homerton Road, just west off the A12 and east of Hackney Town Centre. The Centre has plenty of free car and cycle parking on site. If you are using Sat Nav, the closest postcode is E9 5PF.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Hackney Marshes Centre - we look forward to seeing you there!