This half marathon will be the first in London to go single use plastic free

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The Harrow Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday 16 September will be the first race of its kind in London to go single use plastic free.

Following the news that Lucozade will also be trialling gels in edible packaging at events throughout London, the environmental impact of running seems to be at the forefront of race organisers minds.

Runners at the Harrow half marathon will be able to rehydrate along the course at water stations with OOHO packaging. The water will be in a biodegradable sachet, made using a seaweed based membrane, that can be ripped at the corner. Alternatively, you can swallow the sachet as it is edible.

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Volunteers will sweep up the OOHO packaging at the end of the event, but unlike plastic bottles they will biodegrade in 4-6 weeks. The makers of OOHO claim it is a world first and that they aim to curb the devastating effects of plastic on the oceans and the environment.

On their website, Harrow Half Marathon organisers said: “Removing single use plastic bottles and cups from the course is a big step towards achieving our goal of becoming a more sustainable half marathon. We’re grateful to Selfridges and Skipping Rocks Lab for helping to make this happen.”