We are Human Race Events, we are the organisers of the Therme Manchester Marathon and its sister event, the Manchester Half. We are constantly striving to improve the sustainability of all of our events and business as a whole. Below you can read about our sustainability ambitions and targets for 2021 at the Therme Manchester Marathon. We will be reviewing the 2021 event over the next few months and assessing how we can improve for the 2022 edition.

For this event we work closely with stakeholders and councils in Greater Manchester, along with all our suppliers, to reduce the impact on the environment. Our overall approach for the 2021 event was to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible. We have made a conscious decision to not make changes for PR reasons, or to appear disingenuous on the subject. We realise there are many different areas and aspects to be worked on and improved over time, and endeavour to do so, and be open and transparent about our progress.


Our goals on sustainability fit into our overall CARE policy within the work we are doing on the environment. CARE stands for





Within the environment pillar we commit to ensure our company and events are run as sustainably as possible to minimise our impact on our planet. We’ll be covering more of the work of the CARE policy in future articles.

Human Race are also chairing a meeting of other leading event organisers to find solutions across the industry and will be sharing feedback and insights into how we tackle our common challenges.


We are busy looking thoroughly at all areas of the event to find ways to reduce our impact. Below is an overview of each of the areas, and how we are progressing on our sustainability journey, which will be continually updated as we go on the run up to the event

Recycling and Reducing Waste

  • Working with the relevant stakeholders & councils, the waste from the event will be recycled where possible
  • We have put in place more infrastructure than ever before in order to enable recycling in all key areas. For example, we have quadrupled the number of bins available at the finish line for runners to recycle their water cans.
  • We will be separating waste at our Athlete Village to ensuring we are recycling as many items as possible
  • We have chosen to work with a specific water supplier whose natural mineral water is lovingly drawn from and bottled on organically farmed land. Their site is completely self-sufficient by renewable energy, and they were the first Welsh water supplier to launch 100% recycled & recyclable bottles. Each bottle is made from at least 51% recycled plastic.

Water Stations

  • Only clean water bottles can be recycled. Those thrown into hedgerows, gardens and trees cannot be!
  • Please look out for the drop zone and target bins just after the water stations. Whilst there are no prizes for the distance you can throw your water bottle, by aiming it at the target bins, you will be helping us to recycle and run a litter free race. This also helps our local residents as it means we can get the roads cleaned up and reopened swiftly.

Race Packs & Pre-Event Communication

  • Our extensive event guide is 100% digital and sent to participants via email, removing the need for any printing
  • Participants register exclusively online, and all further event updates are sent via email and/or are posted on social media
  • Race packs are posted out in a recyclable paper envelope
  • Your personalised run number included is made from firstron material which is recyclable, however the timing chip attached is currently not, so this will need to be removed before recycling the rest.

Finish Line Items & Gifts

  • Medals are ordered early to ensure they can be delivered by sea rather than air freight. They are designed to be kept as a memento by participants. Any remaining medals after the event are recycled
  • All medals will be distributed to finishers by volunteers in the finisher funnels, who will be kitted out in full PPE in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines
  • No leaflets or paper will be given out at the event
  • Our Finisher T-Shirts are eco-friendly, and are manufactured using 50% recycled polyester
  • All leftover/unclaimed medals will be recycled by an external company

Donate your start line clothing to raise money for Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Sense!

We know how important it is to keep warm while you wait for the race to start but we hate to see your no longer needed start line clothing go to waste! We are on a mission to keep your pre-loved clothes out of the bin and have teamed up with Cancer Research UKBritish Heart Foundation and Sense who are able to turn these clothes into much needed funds for their life-changing causes.

How can I help?

  • Look out for the signed clothing donation area on your way to the start line. For Therme Manchester Marathon runners, there will be ‘jumper drop’ options available from British Heart Foundation, Sense and Cancer Research UK. For Half Marathon runners British Heart Foundation will have their jumper drop open.
  • Drop any pre-loved race day clothing in this area. Keep hold of your clothing until you see the specified wheelie bins.
  • We have a team of volunteers to collect up any clothing left by the start line, but it will help them tremendously if we can keep the clothing clean and place in the wheelie bins near the start area.