Environmental Policy

Our policy is to:

  • Support and comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice.
  • Minimise our waste and then reuse or recycle as much of it as possible.
  • Minimise energy and water usage in our buildings, vehicles and processes.
  • Operate and maintain our vehicles with due regard to environmental issues as far as reasonably practical and encourage the use of alternative means of transport and car sharing as appropriate.
  • Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from our premises and reduce any impacts from our operations on the environment and local community.
  • As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same.
  • Assess the environmental impact of any new processes or products we intend to introduce in advance.
  • Ensure that all employees understand our environmental policy and conform to the high standards it requires.
  • Address complaints about any breach of our Environmental Policy promptly and to the satisfaction of all concerned.
  • Update our Environmental Policy regularly in consultation with staff, associates and customers.

Specific Actions we take to achieve this:

  • We are have been cupless on all trail running races, triathlon bike legs and sportives since 2021. We will be encouraging people to use re-usable cups and at trail races this will form part of the giveaways at the event.
  • At road running races we will be encouraging people to bring their own re-useable cups and we will be setting up feed-stations in such a way to make this possible.
  • We use refillable water barrels at our feedstations rather than single use plastic bottles from which your own bottle, cup or bladder can be refilled.
  • We encourage participants to car share or use public transport where possible. We provide information on our website of public transport options.
  • We do not give out plastic bags with the race goodies.
  • We are reducing the amount of printed promotional race material such as leaflets. We will not flyer events and ask other event organisers not to flyer ours. We are happy to work together with other race organisers to produce reciprocal electronic flyers.
  • From 2020 we have been offering people the option of having a tree planted instead of getting a finishers T-shirt at races where these form part of the giveaway. This is our Tees for Trees campaign.
  • Since 2013 we have had an incredibly strict littering policy on all our events. If someone is caught littering the are disqualified from the event. We have actioned this on numerous occasions.
  • We will aim to go completely Carbon Neutral by the end of 2023.
  • We work with contractors to ensure all waste is removed and recycled responsibly following an event.
  • Discarded clothing will be donated to charity unless claimed within 14 days of the event.
  • We work with our vendors and partners to ensure biodegradable packaging is used where possible.
  • We share our pre-event information electronically rather than printed for all of our events.
  • We engage with our sponsors and partners so they understand the importance we put on being environmental guardians, in order to align our values.
  • Our offices are powered using solar panels.
  • Where possible, our event signage and branding is not dated and is reusable.
  • We have eliminated single-use cable ties from our transition and finish line areas by using re-usable Toggles to attach event branding.
  • Where practicable we prioritise local suppliers and contractors to provide all aspects of our event experience and delivery.
  • Leftover food from feed stations and the finish line area is donated to those in need.