Litter: let's kick it out
The subject of litter in places of natural beauty has historically been the space of the ‘day tripper’ and walker from towns and cities, who dump their unwanted belongings in car parks and the paths of well-trodden mountains and hills of the UK…
Littering of the beautiful environments that fell and other off-road runners are able to run and race on week-in week-out has never really been an issue. However, over the last year or so it apparently has, and if recent reports from around the UK – and in particular this piece on the SHR site by Andy Kitchin – are to be believed, then it’s becoming a big issue in fell running too.
Just search any MTB forum these day’s too, and it’s a real menace in that sport, but why?
As someone who loves running in the hills and on trails, and to be honest anywhere that takes me off-road, I cannot even contemplate blatantly chucking empty gel wrappers or the like into hedges or on the open mountain. In fact, I don’t even do it in some of the grottiest cities that I regularly visit.
In triathlon if you litter it’s a straight DQ if you are spotted, perhaps it’s time for similar action in fell and trail running?
We don’t mean to start a movement here, or even suggest a rule change to all those organisers out there, but Mud, Sweat and Tears is happy to state here and now that whether racing, or just out for a training run, or just enjoying the hills with friends, littering is just plain unacceptable.