Event Info


London Marathon Events is committed to ensuring we have a minimal impact on the environment. And our aim is to become a global leader in sustainable mass participation sports events.

You can read our environmental policy to find out more.

At The Vitality Big Half, the following measures will be taken to help us reduce the impact on the environment.

Plastic bottles

We aim to ensure all plastic bottles distributed during the event are collected and recycled along the length of the 13.1-mile race route.

Runners will be encouraged to drink, drain and drop their bottles so they can be collected and we are trialling dedicated bins at Mile 6 to help with the recycling process.

All our drinks station volunteers help to ensure bottles are collected to be sent for recycling.

All of the Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottles used during The Vitality Big Half are made from 30 per cent recycled plastic and are fully recyclable.

Ooho sachets

We will be trialling Oohos filled with Lucozade Sport at The Vitality Big Half. These seaweed-based compostable sachets will reduce plastic bottle use by 10,000 units. In addition to the Ooho sachets, compostable cups will also be used to distribute Lucozade Sport to the 15,000 participants, which will further reduce the single-use plastic bottles used at the event.

The compostable cups used are collected by our volunteers and sent to a plant in Kent for composting.


London Marathon Events works with Greenwich Council to ensure as much waste from the event as possible is recycled.

Recycling bins will be placed in key areas, including The Vitality Big Festival in Greenwich Park, for plastic, mixed recycling and food waste and volunteers will help the public to ensure the correct items are placed in each bin by members of the public.

Good Food in Greenwich

London Marathon Events is working with Good Food in Greenwich and all food stalls invited to The Vitality Big Festival must sign up to a sustainability charter, the purpose of which is to:  

  • Enhance the health and welfare of people and animals
  • Improve the working and living environment
  • Promote fairness and enrich society and culture

The Felix Project

We also work with The Felix Project, a charity that collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold. The Fleix Project then delivers this surplus food to charities so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.

Paper waste

No leaflets will be included in the post-race finisher bag and the Race Day instructions for event participants are delivered in digital format to keep paper use to a minimum.

Event staff

All Vitality Big Half staff use refillable water bottles at the event to reduce plastic waste. Event participants will also be encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to use with the refill app.