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Hackney Half marathon set to become the largest UK race to eliminate single use plastic

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Virgin Sport is in partnership with Hackney Council to eliminate single use plastic from this weekend’s course and become more environmentally friendly.

Over 27,000 runners have registered for the Hackney Half and Hackney 5k this weekend, and participants won’t have an issue with finding a drink throughout the race.

Jessica Frey, CEO of Virgin Sport said, “We are proud to be the largest race in the UK to move away from plastic and develop a more sustainable strategy for keeping our runners hydrated.”

190,000 plastic water bottles will be eliminated from water aid stations on the 13.1 mile route and replaced with 100% recyclable paper cups and 40,000 litres of water.

One Water will be providing recyclable cardboard cartons at the finish line, which will eliminate another 35,000 water bottles.

Hackney Half runners are encouraged to help reduce environmental impact by collecting their race packs pre-race instead of postage, along with attending the event by car sharing, cycling or using public transport.

Virgin Sport are the first sports event company in the UK to implement 100% recyclable cups. This includes removing half a million single use plastic bottles from Hackney Half, ASICS London 10K, and Oxford Half course.

To further reduce waste, they have planned for plastic kit bags to be gone and replaced with re-usable cotton bags during 2019.

Magenta UK will be supplying the recyclable cups with a lining of 51% less plastic than a standard cup. This ensures it can be processed within paper recycling facilities in a closed-loop recycling process.

All Virgin Sport events will become plastic free in 2019.



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