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As organisers of the Standard Chartered Great City Race, London Marathon Events leads the way in showing how mass participation sport can be a powerful force for good, and we’re proud of the hugely positive effects our events have had on millions of people since the first London Marathon in 1981. 

Our events have a proven track record of inspiring activity, improving physical and mental health, and bringing communities together – raising billions of pounds for charities and supporting local businesses in the process.

Managing our environmental impact at the 2024 Standard Chartered Great City Race 

Find out what steps we’re taking to manage the environmental impacts at the 2024 event and how you can help – whether you’re taking part or supporting. 
The items marked with an asterisk are new for 2024. 

  • Medals are made from 100% recycled zinc* 
  • We are supporting the campaign JogOn, which collects unwanted running shoes and redistributes pairs that still have life in them to organisations in the UK and overseas. There will be a JogOn donation point in the Assembly Area*
  • Tap water refill is provided at the Assembly Area and at the finish* 
  • Bike parking is available at the Assembly Area  
  • 83% of event vehicles are fully electric  
  • Volunteer-staffed Recycling Stations to collect and separate waste for maximum recycling
  • Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic (excluding cap and label) and are collected separately, returned to Buxton and recycled into new bottles. These are 250ml bottles, specially produced for London Marathon Events by Buxton and are designed to help save water and plastic 

Here’s how you can help:  

Use public transport to get to the start – or warm up those legs by walking, running or cycling to the Honourable Artillery Company grounds. 

Bring any trainers you no longer wear or need to donate to the JogOn campaign, if these are reusable they will be redistributed in the UK and overseas.  

Wear a bottle belt, hydration pack or carry a hand-held running water bottle that you can refill. 

Hand any waste to our volunteer team at the Recycling Stations, who will make sure it goes in the right bin to maximise recycling at this event.  

Find out more about our work to reduce our environmental impact here