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The Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London, N7 7, United Kingdom

Sun 10th October 2021

1 race


Organiser's Description

It’s official – we’re returning to the streets of the capital in 2021 for one incredible event – Islington 1 Hour!

That’s right, we’re taking our innovative 1 Hour race format to the Emirates Stadium – home of Arsenal FC – on Sunday October 10 to create what we believe is our most exciting event to date.

The challenge? To run as far as you can in 60 minutes around our iconic 1 mile course that takes you on a 3600 loop of the Emirates Stadium and surrounding Islington streets.

Please note: Islington 1 Hour will provide a safe and Covid-compliant race day experience that meets Government Public Health guidelines.


  • 1 Hour


    From the Streets to the Stadium



  • 1 Hour


    From the Streets to the Stadium


What's Included





  • U21’s RUN FREE


The Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London, N7 7, United Kingdom

Course Details

Starting outside the Clock End of the Emirates Stadium, our 1 mile course will take you on a 360 degree loop of the Emirates Stadium and surrounding Islington roads. This is like no other event you’ve ever experienced – our course will be lined with enthusiastic supporters, epic activations such as our famous DJ Truck and the adidas Runners cheer station to keep you hyped as you tick off the miles.


  • How does the 1 Hour work?

    There will be four waves taking place throughout the day; each wave will run for exactly 1 Hour around the 1 mile loop. The aim is to see how far you can go in 1 Hour. When signing up for the event, runners will be able to choose their start time / wave. The wave options are currently: 08:00am 09:15am 10:30am 11:45am 13:00pm – Community Mile Wave

  • How is my finish distance calculated?

    We have ‘timing mats’ (or chip readers) located every 0.1 mile on the 1 mile route. Your official finish distance will be calculated by the last timing mat you run over when the hooter sounds after 1 hour. For example, if you complete five laps and cross four timing mats on your sixth lap before the finish buzzer sounds, your finish distance will be 5.4 miles.

  • How will I know how much time I have left when I’m running?

    There will be at least two digital clocks out on the 1 mile route which will all be counting down from 1 hour, so you’ll have a good idea of how much time you have left when you’re out on the course. We will also have audio countdowns and most importantly a loud buzzer when your time is up! Runners are more than welcome to use GPS watches to aid them with their pacing.

  • What happens once the hour is up?

    When the finish buzzer sounds and your challenge is complete, you will have 10 minutes to walk back to the Emirates Stadium where you’ll receive your hard earned medal and finish treats INSIDE the stadium! Wherever you are on the course when the buzzer sounds, you will never be more than 0.5 miles away from the start/finish area. Once you’ve collected your medal and got that all important selfie, you will walk down the players tunnel to exit the stadium and enter our Event Village where you’ll be able to celebrate your amazing achievement with your family and friends. If you have any energy left, we’d love it if you could stay and cheer on all the other runners in the later waves!

  • Why is the route 1 Mile?

    This is a totally unique running challenge and we have created the perfect conditions for you to run as far as you possibly can in 1 Hour. In addition to being fast and flat, the 1 mile route will enable you to effectively pace yourself and pass your cheering supporters on multiple occasions. With engaging route activations to keep you entertained, the stage is set for you to push yourself to new limits.

  • How do I run for free if I'm aged 16-21yrs?

    To inspire and encourage the next generation to get into running and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle, we’re giving U21’s FREE entry into the Islington 1 Hour! We’re passionate about growing the sport of running and through this initiative, we hope that we will motivate youngsters to enter this event and experience the huge sense of achievement you get when you finish the race and get your hands on the all important medal. So, whether you’re a keen runner or just getting started, as long as you’re U21 on the day of the event, you can take part for free (minimum age 16). Please email [email protected] and attach your photo ID and we’ll explain the next steps. Please use the subject line: Under 21 Run Free. * Please note, there are limited U21 entries available and are on a first come first serve basis.


Sunday October 10: Emirates Stadium (Please note all timings are subject to change)

07:00 – Event Village Opens

07:00 – Bag Drop Opens

07:15 – Islington 1 Hour Start Pens Open

08:00 – First 1 Hour Wave Starts

09:15 – Second 1 Hour Wave Starts

10:30 – Third 1 Hour Wave Starts

11.45 – Fourth 1 Hour Wave Starts

13:00 – Community Mile Wave Starts

14:00 – Roads Reopened

14:00 – Event Village and Bag Drop Closes


We need enthusiastic and proactive individuals to support the delivery of adidas City Runs events, and we would love to have you on the team! There are a variety of roles available for volunteers which will help us make it a day to remember for the thousands of runners taking part at adidas City Runs: Islington 1 Hour:

– Assisting participants with pack collection and questions at the Help Desk.
– Assisting with the management of the participant Bag Drop.
– Assisting with the Start and Finish process, as well as handing out rewards and well-deserved medals to the finishers.
– Assisting with setting up and managing the Water Station on the course.
– Assisting spectators and general public with wayfinding as a Route/Crossing Point Marshall.

Volunteers must be aged 18 or over on the day of the event.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

– A free entry into a different adidas City Run
– Breakfast & refreshments throughout the day
– adidas Event tech t-shirt (RRP £25)
– An official event medal


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2 reviews


·9 months ago

Great event! Looking forward to the next one already.

·3 years ago

Fun & Different. Well organised as you would expect from a big player like Adidas. Great atmosphere and the circuit approach means you are never last and there are people cheering for the whole route :)




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