The LLHM is committed to ensuring our event is as environmentally friendly as possible, while making sure the LLHM continues to be an affordable option for runners and charities supporting a wide range of causes across the UK.
If you have any questions, feedback, recommendations or can offer assistance with our sustainability plans, please contact [email protected]
From pre-registering to receiving official finish times, all LLHM participant communications, bar the official race pack, are sent by email or text. By not posting additional communications such as congratulations/commiseration magazines to runners who have entered the public place ballot, we reduce paper wastage and energy use.
For security reasons, we are required to only allow the official transparent LLHM race bag into the bag drop. We have worked with our suppliers to ensure this bag is durable enough to be reused by runners, insuring it is not single use and therefore wasteful.
Travel and transportation
We strongly encourage all LLHM runners, charity partners, performers and all other stakeholders to travel by public transport on race day. Not only is this the most convenient way for participants to arrive walking distance from the start line, it also minimises congestion and therefor pollution in central London on race day.
The vast majority of our signage, branding and scrim on race day is generic for reuse year on year. In between events, our signage is securely stored so that it’s kept in good condition for maximum reuse.
Energy gels and sweets
Charities and other partners along the route were instructed not to give out individual gel sachets or individually packaged sweets to runners as this potentially creates waste along the route. Instead, charities are allowed to hand out sweets from large packets, the packaging for which can be disposed of responsibly.
The LLHM does not hand out foil blankets to runners at the finish line as these are single use and not the most effective at keeping runners warm. We only use fleece blankets that the British Red Cross supply.
Like all mass participation events, the LLHM has a duty to supply plenty of water on race day as well as sports drinks from our hydration partners. This year we established new processes together with the relevant arrangements with our cleansing contractor to ensure as many bottles were recycled as possible. This is an area that we are continuing to focus on to ensure we recycle as much as possible.
Discarded clothing on start line
Each year we work with the British Heart Foundation to ensure clothing discarded at the start line is collected and donated to their charity shops. Over the past two years they have collected over 600 bags of t-shirts and jumpers equating to £6,700 worth of donations for the British Heart Foundation.
Our race bib numbers are recyclable. We ask all runners to do their part at removing their timing chips and making sure their race numbers are placed in paper recycling.
Any surplus LLHM official technical T-shirts have previously been donated to KitAid, who distribute sports kit to some of the poorest places in the world and Sports Traider, who use donated kit to facilitate or fund the community sporting activities they run.
The LLHM are currently in discussions with a medal recycling initiative set up by a community of runners. Watch this space for more detail soon!
Head office recycling
The LLHM headquarters are continually taking steps to reduce waste and promote paperless working practices internally. Our office has facilities to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and most food containers. We do not use disposable cups and have introduced a secure print function which is not only more compliant with GDPR, but also reduces the amount of unnecessary printing.
We are always looking for way to improve the environmental sustainability of the LLHM. If you have any questions, feedback, recommendations or can offer assistance with our sustainability plans, please contact [email protected]