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Crowds throng the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to give an East End welcome to the Tour de France

Crowds throng the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to give an East End welcome to the Tour de France

Large crowds thronged the streets of Hackney and Tower Hamlets on Monday as the Tour de France passed through the East End on the last of its three days in England. Excited residents, ranging from school children to senior citizens, braced the rainy conditions to show their support, sounding out…

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Large crowds turned out yesterday to support the 12, 000 runners who braved the heat to take part in the first Run Hackney half marathon. The race started and finished on Hackney Marsh and took runners through Hackney Downs, past the Hackney Empire and on to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

A ladies-only gym in Hackney has shut suddenly, leaving 13 staff without jobs and members facing the loss of hundreds of pounds of subscription fees. Sunstone womens-only club, based in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, boasted facilities including a swimming pool, gym and a salon.  It had been in business for…

Hackney Half Marathon takes place this Sunday

Hackney Half Marathon takes place this Sunday

  The Vitality Run Hackney half marathon is taking place this Sunday bringing over 12,500 runners to the Borough. The map below shows the marathon route, which begins and ends on Hackney Marsh with runners passing through Hackney Downs, Hackney Empire, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Some major roads on the…

World Cup: Download ELL’s exclusive World Cup wall chart to record every match up to the final

World Cup: Download ELL’s exclusive World Cup wall chart to record every match up to the final

As part of World Cup week on ELL, we have released an exclusive World Cup Wall Chart for you to fill in so you can hit all your World Cup needs.  Plot the route to the final or even try predicting the outcomes and see if you get it right! ELL World…

Allez! The Tour de France Comes to Hackney and Excites Locals.

Allez! The Tour de France Comes to Hackney and Excites Locals.

The Grand Départ leg of the Tour de France will be speeding through Hackney later this year. Following on from our report in January, we took a look at what is going to happen and how its going to affect you. Described as a daylong street party for cycle sport fans,…

London Marathon supporters: where to watch

London Marathon supporters: where to watch

The EastLondonLines supporters guide to the London marathon: whether you’re looking out for a loved one taking part, trying to catch a glimpse of the elite athletes – don’t miss Mo Farah’s full marathon debut – or just out enjoying the atmosphere.  On Sunday, 35,500 runners will hit the streets…

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Legacy was the big theme at the London Olympic Games, throughout the bidding process, grand building projects, sporting events and infrastructure adaptation. In Hackney the emphasis seems to have paid off. Data shows that in the 15 months since the 2012 Olympics, the number of adults engaging in sport has increased.…

Inclusive Lewisham sports community faced with new task having succeeded in lifting BME participation rates

Inclusive Lewisham sports community faced with new task having succeeded in lifting BME participation rates

Lewisham appears to have overcome a nationwide problem in achieving high BME sports participation rates, however, the rise has been coupled with a dive in participation for white residents. ELL investigates.  Black and minority ethnic sports participation figures rocketed in Lewisham following the London 2012 Olympic Games, just as the…

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…