Bear in mind that this is a big event. We had over 2,600 entries for the half marathon, benefitting the Big C cancer charity, and another 200 people running a 5km race for the East Anglian Children's Hospice, plus of course all their spectators. Among other things we have to provide them with water at several points around the course, and we give out goodie bags at the end. It's a big undertaking to try and make it waste free, but this year's positive steps include:
- reusable cloth bags for the goodie bags, not plastic carriers as we have seen before
- recycling bins around the place for plastic bottles (water is given in the goodie bag)
- cardboard recycling bins for all the boxes (goodie bag food, t-shirts, the bags themselves, etc.)
- leftover fruit (from goodie bags) donated to the local YMCA/YWCA
Some clubs are starting to make inroads on having environmentally-friendly events - Crystal Palace Triathlon this year aimed to be zero-carbon, for example - and there is a small but growing demand from competitors for their events to do better. I think this is a trend that will continue, and I will be interested to see how far it goes. Some people would be most upset to lose their finishers' medals and t-shirts!
Here are a few photos I took - sorry for the quality, they were on my phone.