'Plogging' is the on trend community activity that combines running (or walking) with litter picking to enhance the places we call home. The term comes from the Swedish 'plokka upp', meaning to pick up or scoop. Now Ealing Half Marathon has partnered with Plogolution for an event in Cuckoo Park.
Plogging started as an organised event in Sweden in 2016 and has since spread worldwide. We owe the Swedes an awful lot in the running community – after all we would have no fun with the word 'fartlek' without our Scandinavian friends!
There are now dozens of plogging events in Britain and Plogolution takes this to the next level with regular plogs in and around the capital. Michelle and Dermot
would love to hear from you if you would like to help to protect the planet for future generations, while raising endorphin levels through healthy exercise.
Now the multi-award winning Ealing Half Marathon team has joined forces with Plogolution for their event in the horseshoe-shaped Cuckoo Park, meeting in front of Hanwell Community Centre in Ealing at 1:00pm on Saturday 3 August.
The physical benefits of plogging include variations in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running. The social benefits include bringing people together in a common cause; tidying up the local area and, crucially, getting rid of discarded single-use plastic that so commonly litters public spaces. Cuckoo Park ploggers can choose the 5k run or 2k walk option. Entry is free and all participants receive a free dry-wick Plogolution Tshirt.
The efforts of Plogolution are very much in line with the ethos of Ealing Half Marathon, which has its own sustainability measures to reduce the environmental impact of its autumn race. Since the first Ealing Half Marathon in 2012, plastic bottles from race day have been recycled and reduced to the smallest size bottle available. As part of their commitment to reducing waste, runners carry their post-race goodies out of the finish funnel rather than receiving goodie bags with flyers and unwanted items.
The eighth Ealing Half Marathon is on 29 September and a total of 7,000 runners from over 25 countries are set to compete on the 13.1-mile route through the leafy streets of West London. Race and entry details at Ealing Half Marathon website