My favourite running event of the year has to be the Hackney Half. I have done it twice and I love everything about it. Vitality have organised the event and they have done it really well. I have done a few of their events and they are my favourite organisers. Originally I was thinking this year of doing the 5km on the Saturday before the half as it always looks fun it was free and there was a medal, then I was thinking if the next month stays the same at home I might walk the HM, but I would have to wait and see before I booked.
This year it has been taken over by Virgin and now has been called the Hackney Festival. Tickets start at £20 to be at the front of the warm up and fitness classes throughout the day. The 5km run is £25 which is ok but there is no mention that I can find of that there is my beloved bling and the HM starts a £48 early bird (it was £35 early bird) going up to £58 if you enter after March. So basically if I wait it would be £58 for a HM, I think that is a bit steep.
Also they do a complete packages!!! At £90 which means you get the 5.5km which you can give to friends because it starts at 1.30pm the same day as th HM. A fitness class and go to front of the pack for a wam up.
If you think it doesn't make that much sense you would be right and it's so expensive. I feel like they have commercialised and destroyed my main event. I'm not sure I could pay £58 for an event, it is too steep. I maybe would rather two smaller ones I think.
I know Vitality are a commercial venture too but the 5km run was a community one that the got the local kids from schools running and it was about Hackney as a community, Virgin seem to be all about making it feel like a music festival.
Sorry for the moan but I'm sure no one outside the forum would see so much of a difference, I feel like I have lost my main event for the year.