Traditionally marathon runners go through large quantities of plastic water bottle, MJ Church is working with two local marathons with aims to reduce single use plastics at both their events.

The Bath Half Marathon was run on Sunday 17th March 2019. A bright and cool morning provided almost perfect running conditions for what is one of the longest established and most iconic city centre road races in the UK. Over 12,000 runners completed the 13.1- mile route.

MJ Church provide waste management services with waste segregated on site using both dustcarts and artic lorries. The artics collect the wheelie bins full of plastic bottles from around the course and loose bags with mixed waste were collected by the dustcart. Over 8.5 tonnes of waste was picked up from the marathon, which included half a tonne of plastic bottles.

This was significantly down on previous years due to reusable cups introduced by the organisers, who saw this years’ event as a first step for the Bath Half to remove single use plastic and bottled drinks from the event by 2021.

Additionally, over 1.5 tonnes left-over clothing was also collected and donated to the British Heart Foundation.


Later this year, MJ Church is sponsoring the Chippenham Half Marathon. The event organisers have also been keen to make their event eco-friendlier. In 2018 they provided eco-friendly water spheres made from seaweed at the four water stations around the course. Runners also had the ability to refill their own water bottles. The spheres will again be on stations around the course along with recycling stations at the finishing line.


MJ Church will be entering a corporate team in this race held on Sunday the 8thSeptember.