The popular South West half marathon is aiming to remove all single-use plastic from the event by 2021
The Bath Half Marathon should be completely free of single-use plastic by 2021, organisers have said. Following some well-received changes to the water stations on the course in 2019, including refill points and compostable cups, race coordinators are aiming to eliminate single-use plastic by next year’s event.
Established in 1982, the Bath Half is the largest charity fundraising event in the South West, attracting over 12,000 runners and around 40,000 spectators in 2019 alone. Doing away with single-use plastic could potentially have a huge influence on other race organisers across the country.
In 2018, the Harrow Half Marathon became the first race in London to go completely plastic free, offering biodegradable pods of water called Oohos at water stations in place of plastic water bottles. The sustainability trend is spreading quickly and, this year, the Bath Half are partnering with Wessex Water to replace more plastic bottles with compostable cups, as well as introducing their own alternative – branded refillable water bottles. They’ll also review their goody bags and replace any unnecessary single-use plastic.
It’s hugely positive to see race organisers taking the climate crisis seriously and it’s clear that runners are doing their bit, too. At last year’s race, 37% of survey respondents brought their own refillable water bottle and 46% tried the compostable cups instead of a plastic bottle. Despite comments that cups weren’t ideal for racing, respondents on the whole understood the importance of making this sacrifice for a worthy cause.
The Bath Half is the biggest race local to Women’s Running HQ and several of our team will be running in support of Bath Mind, one of their 2020 lead charities. Look out for updates on this over the next few months!
Anthem Publishing, who publish Women’s Running, are also partnered with Bath Mind and donated over £13,000 of profit to the local charity last year.