Bluebox’s Gabi Completes the Hackney Half Marathon

May 25, 2023

On Sunday, May 21st, Gabi, our Marketing Assistant here at Bluebox, went the ‘extra mile’ and completed her first half marathon at the annual Hackney Moves event in London. She participated in support of Macmillan Cancer, a charity that holds a special place in her heart.

The day of the race had almost perfect weather conditions, not too hot and not too cold. Gabi finished the race in under two and a half hours, and was rather chuffed with her time overall, taking into account that she’s never really been a big runner. The race itself began and ended in Hackney Marshes, with the entire route spanning the streets of Hackney, Victoria Park, and reaching close to Dalston Junction. Gabi was proud to run for a cause that means so much to her, and after having dedicated over fourteen weeks to training for the event, the race unfolded as a challenging, yet ultimately rewarding experience. With over 24,000 others running the race that day, the atmosphere was fun and motivating, as there was a loads of cheering and excitement from the participants and crowds throughout the entire route.

The Hackney Moves event spanned the entire weekend, featuring various different sports events for all ages and abilities. The half marathon route itself is truly unique, showcasing East London’s vibrant street art and the historic Broadway Market. With live bands and a festive atmosphere, thousands of people take part in the race each year, many supporting charities and running alongside loved ones.

During her training for the half marathon, Gabi set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity she deeply cares about. This prominent British organisation provides specialised healthcare, information, and financial assistance to individuals affected by cancer. It also addresses the social, emotional, and practical impacts of the disease while advocating for improved cancer care in the UK.

Reflecting on her half marathon, Gabi described it as “one of the hardest things I ever did.” Her goal was simply to complete the race, proving to herself that she could accomplish such a feat while enjoying the experience. As someone who never particularly enjoyed running, the challenge of training and crossing the finish line was even more significant. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience for Gabi, and she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of participating in similar events in the future.

If you would like to support Gabi’s run and donate to Macmillan Cancer Support, you can still contribute through her Just Giving page here.


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