The Big Half is back! Have you registered yet?

Wapping hockey club

Members from the Wapping Hockey Club running the Big Half 2018

After a very successful first year, with over 11,000 participants raising more than £1.1 million for charity, the Vitality Big Half is back again this year on 10 March.

The route has been finalised and full details on road closures are now available.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We are thrilled to experience the positive energy of the Big Half for a second year in a row, celebrating and showcasing our borough. We are encouraging residents to get involved and if you’re not a keen runner, you can support those who are or take part by volunteering.

We are aware of the disruption to some of our roads and we have sought to minimise this, but the positive enthusiasm for this event, including from local people, we think makes it worthwhile.

Last year, 626 runners, 46 community groups and over 900 runners took part to raise money for local projects and good causes.

Councillor Amina Ali Cabinet Member for Culture Arts and Brexit said: “The Big Half is a great event and I applaud the thousands of people taking the challenge and raising money for great causes. If their efforts have inspired you to improve your own fitness, we have open spaces and outdoor gyms to help you get active.”

One of those community groups was the Wapping Hockey Club. Founded in 1988, the club is one of the UK’s largest field hockey clubs and provides affordable membership fees.

The club is proud to have 11 men’s teams, eight women’s teams as well as dedicated masters’ teams. Wapping Hockey Club also has two mixed teams for social hockey and provides development opportunities for budding umpires and coaches.

Part of their mission is to broaden access to hockey in East London. The club is extremely proud of its 'Wapping Kidds' youth team, dedicated to the development of young hockey players of all ages and ability levels and 'Wapping Flyers', its accessible hockey programme. They train and play throughout the year - 10 members took part in the Big Half last year. 

Chairman Matthew Patterson said: “We'd love as many people as possible from Wapping HC to participate in the Big Half 2019! Obviously hockey is an active sport and through training and playing each week participants build up a base level of fitness, but they will also be putting in some dedicated running training, particularly as the event gets closer.”

The Big Half application process is now open to: local authorities; charities; community and voluntary sector organisations; sports clubs; parish and town councils; and educational establishments. Organisations will be informed of the outcome within 15 days of submitting their proposals.

Register to run on your own or as part of a relay team of four. Or if don't want to run but still take part you can sign up to volunteer.

Find out about the programmes offered at your local leisure centre.

Posted on Wednesday 23rd January 2019