The stage is set for the Ilkley Half Marathon, organised by Ilkley and District Round table. Taking place on 11th July 2021, the event will host 2,000 runners as they take on the road-closed course around Ilkley and Bolton Abbey.
Ilkley Round Table has always aimed to host a sustainable event. In 2021, entrants have been offered the option of planting a tree or receiving a finisher's gift. Over two-thirds of entrants have opted to plant a tree in the Wharfedale area. In partnership with the National Trust, these trees will not only support wildlife but also increase carbon capture and reduce flood risk.
For the entrants receiving a finisher's gift, they will notice the absence of single-use plastics for the item. It is also made from 100% recycled PET.
The bottled water supplied by Harrogate Spring Water is made from 50% recycled PET, sourced in the UK, whilst the bottle, cap and label are 100% recyclable. This is facilitated by Biffa Waste Services who will collect all waste materials from the event and ensure it is recycled into new food-grade recycled PET.
All of the banners, signage and safety equipment, including high visibility vests, are being reused from the 2019 event.
Matthew Ward, Race Director, said, "The environment and our community are vitally important to us. In 2019, we were commended for our efforts in delivering not only a sustainable event but also how we returned the route to its original state. In 2021 we will aim to go one better, delivering long-term benefits to the Wharfedale area by planting over 1500 trees."