The London Landmarks Half Marathon is an event born out of a deep love for our amazing capital, and it’s important to us that we leave London’s streets as clean as we found them.
We’re 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.
Balloons and helium
Charities hosting cheer points along the LLHM route were not permitted to use helium, of which global supplies are depleting, in their balloons. This also reduces the likelihood of balloons being accidently released into the atmosphere. Charities were instructed to dismantle and dispose of balloons responsibly along with all other waste.
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. At the inaugural LLHM, 350 bags of T-shirts and jumpers were collected from the start line, which equates to £4,200 worth of donations for the British Heart Foundation.
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 s[email protected]