by Thalia Perry

On Sunday 8th May five  Health Collective therapists went down to Hackney Marshes to give their support to the wonderful people running the Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon in order to raise money for St Joseph’s.

Now in it’s 3rd Year, Run Hackney is one of the top 10 half marathons in the country. This year St Joseph’s was one of the main charities for the event and had over 150 runners registered.

The race was started at Hackney Marshes by Perri Shakes-Drayton, European 400m indoor hurdles champion. “I love the enthusiasm and vibe here today”, she said.   It wasn’t only the anticipation of those about to set off that created the great atmosphere, but also the ambiance in the village itself;  with the yoga and chill out zones, numerous food and drink stalls, and fantastic East end talent which kept everyone entertained.

The race took the runners past some of Hackney’s most iconic spots, the Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields and Queen Elizabeth Park.

Residents and local business came out to support the participants, some even using their garden hoses to provide a welcome shower to those running past on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far. St Joseph’s volunteers set up two cheer points along route to give their encouragement to the team.

Back at the village, the runners were welcomed at the St Joe’s tent with refreshments and snacks, and a 15 minute massage courtesy of the Health Collective therapists.  The mini treatments were much appreciated.  Miguel Bosch from NAB said “they really helped for an easier recovery”.

All in all it was a fun day. And raised over £56,000 for the Hospice, which is an incredible effort and very much appreciated.

And if you missed out this year – well there is always 2017.

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