We have decided to stop using plastic cups and water bottles in future races. In the past each runner in every one of our races has been given a plastic water bottle during the races, maybe even two, depending on the race distance, only to be discarded, normally 3/4 full, around the course. Runners then got another bottle when they finished. During last years Remembrance Day 10k on Portsdown Hill, we handed out nearly 2000 bottles, most of which, were discarded 3/4 full!
After seeing all the discarded bottles around both the London and Southampton marathon courses, Michelle and I have decided that Rural Running should take a stand and make a change.
Rural Running will now use bio-degradable cups, both out on the course, and at the finish line. Michelle went on to say “after our Ditcham Park 10k on the 29th April, we will no longer be using plastic bottles, we hope other race organisers will follow our lead”.