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runner picking up litter

Tameside 'plog' set for Thursday

Tameside tourists (and other local runners) are invited to 'recce' the route for the X-Trail 10K, the first event in June's four race Tour of Tameside series. And be part of an environmental clean-up the same time!

Event organisers, the Running Bee Foundation, are staging a 'plogging' run on Thursday (18 April). Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter. It originated in Sweden and has become popular in the UK over the last two years. See runABC North's 'Plog On' feature from last year.

Plogging addresses concerns about litter and plastic pollution. It's also a useful workout providing variation in body movement by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking.

The Running Bee Foundation is the new charity founded and supported by Sports Tours, and has been set up to promote active, healthy lifestyles and tackle the challenge of childhood obesity..

The Foundation also wants to broaden its interaction with the local community with initiatives that support the environment where races take place hence Thursday's event.

The plog will start at 6.30pm from the John Howarth Countryside Centre (Stannybrook Rd, Daisy Nook Country Park, Failsworth, M35 9WJ). If you're interested come along on the night and you'll get a warm welcome.

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