The New Forest is an amazing and unique place and we’d like to do our bit to make sure it stays that way for generations to come. The New Forest Marathon Team is committed to being as environmentally conscious as possible here are some of the things we do to be green!
Raising awareness about The New Forest
We hope by running through the forest you will see for yourself how stunning the forest is and naturally respect it, but just to make sure you realise how special the forest is we erect ‘Forest Fact’ signs throughout the routes, so you might learn a thing or two during your run! We also dedicate 4 pages of our New Forest Marathon Magazine to raising awareness about the New Forest. We work with the Forestry Commission to ensure this information is accurate and reflects the message they want you to hear!
Plastic Free Drink Stations
In 2019 8 out of 9 drink stations were plastic free! We use cardboard cups rather than bottles. This serves 2 purposes, 1 cups are hard to run with, we encourage all runners to drop their cups on the floor inside the drink station zone, anyone seen dropping ANY rubbish outside these zones are disqualified. This allows the clean up teams to really focus on the area ensuring it is clean and that no harm comes to wildlife who will pass after the event.
No Gel Packs
Our energy stations are stocked with an energy drink distributed in cardboard cups so no nasty plastic gel packs are left on the forest
Finish Line water in a plastic bottle!
Yes you heard it.. we do use plastic on the finish line..The water is sourced from New Forest Spring Water only a few miles away lowering our carbon footprint. The runners can refill their bottles all day long from free water points around our race village. BUT… there’s a BIG BUT… these bottles must be deposited into a special recycle bin so we can recycle them into long term objects used at the event. This year we hope to build a picnic bench! Plastic is an amazing material if it is used in the right way!
Our equipment is sourced locally using New Forest companies where possible. The Race village takes about 7 days to build, we source electric vehicles from a local supplier, especially designed to leave minimal footprint from its tyres to help up with all the hard work! We put on a shuttle bus service from the train station in Brockenhurst, so people do not have to drive, and we also have our very own bicycle park!
We have special recycle bins through out the forest so we can deal with your rubbish properly! Sometimes its not what you use, its about what you do with is afterwards that has the biggest impact!
If anyone has any ideas how we can improve we’d love to hear from you.. This planet is special and the New Forest is a pocket of the world that is so unique.. Anything we can do to make the event better and greener we will definitely investigate!