Half marathon in race to be the ‘green­est yet’

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Environment -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of next week’s Cardiff Half Marathon say they plan to make this year’s event the “green­est yet” as they pre­pare for a record num­ber of runners to take to the start line.

The city will wel­come 25,000 par­tic­i­pants to the 13.1-mile race on Oc­to­ber 1 – the high­est num­ber of en­trants in its 14-year his­tory.

And, with record en­tries, comes a po­ten­tial record vol­ume of rub­bish.

So the event’s Run Re­fuel Re­cy­cle cam­paign is aim­ing to build on the ef­forts of pre­vi­ous races to re­cy­cle more waste than ever be­fore.

Re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties have been im­proved for the 2017 race and a team of “en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­pi­ons” have been re­cruited to help peo­ple re­cy­cle bet­ter at the event.

Bre­con Car­reg has also lis­tened to the feed­back of runners and made the wa­ter bot­tles much smaller.

Matt New­man, Run4Wales CEO, said: “As Wales’ largest mass-par­tic­i­pa­tion event, we want to con­tinue to raise aware­ness and set the standard for re­cy­cling at this year’s race.

“With 25,000 runners set to take-on the course, we are hop­ing to re­cy­cle a record num­ber of bot­tles and ba­nana peels.

“Our army of en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­pi­ons will be on-hand to make sure wa­ter bot­tles and ba­nana peels find their way into our re­cy­cling bins.”

Event part­ner Re­cy­cle for Wales says that if ev­ery run­ner re­cy­cled a 500ml wa­ter bot­tle, it would save enough en­ergy to power Cardiff Cas­tle – one of the course land­marks – for 55 hours.

An­gela Spi­teri, from Re­cy­cle for Wales, added: “We are proud that Wales is one of the top three re­cy­cling na­tions, but we want Wales to be num­ber one.

“This is why we are en­cour­ag­ing runners and spec­ta­tors to do that lit­tle bit more at the event and at home to help Wales be­come the world’s cham­pion re­cy­cler.

“Re­cy­cling just one more thing can have a big im­pact, for ex­am­ple re­cy­cling one ba­nana peel gen­er­ates enough en­ergy to charge two smart­phones.”

The Cardiff Half also takes place on the fi­nal day of this year’s Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week.

Both events are in their 14th year, as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties look to boost aware­ness of what re­cy­cled ma­te­rial can pro­duce.

Cardiff Half Marathon’s Run Re­fuel Re­cy­cle cam­paign aims to make the event more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly

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