London Marathon 2023 group at Tower Bridge

London Sets The Gold Standard

Council for Responsible Sport rewards London Marathon's environmental efforts

The 2023 TCS London Marathon is the first UK mass participation event to receive Gold certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) following a painstaking review that awarded London with 50 out of a potential 61 credits, comfortably achieving the Gold standard (45-54 credits) making TCS London Marathon the biggest running event in the world to receive Gold accreditation.

CRS is a non-profit organisation with a vision of a world where responsibly produced events are the norm. Its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organisers are doing and to actively support event organisers who strive to make a difference in their communities.

Social and environmental impacts were measured through the ReScore app, developed by TCS for CRS. ReScore enabled London Marathon Events (LME) to measure the environmental and social impact of the marathon, as well as report, verify, and certify against sustainability standards set by the Council.

The CRS assessment is based on five key areas of social and environmental impact. These are planning and communications; procurement; resource management; access and equity, and community legacy. CRS’s ReScore platform is used to consistently capture, measure, and assess performance across these critical areas.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director for LME, said: “London Marathon Events is committed to drive positive social and environmental change through our own actions and to inspire our stakeholders and partners to do the same. We are delighted that our work has been recognised by the Council for Responsible Sport with the Gold certification for the 2023 TCS London Marathon.

"We know there is much more we can do and we’ll work to achieve Evergreen certification next year. The ReScore app, developed for the Council by our headline and technology partner TCS, offers all event organisers the opportunity to effectively measure social and environmental impacts and we hope other events in the UK will also use ReScore to deliver responsible events.”

The 44th 2024 TCS London Marathon will take place on Sunday 21 April 2024 and there was a world record of 578,374 applications for the annual ballot for places – the first marathon in history to receive more than 500,000 applicants.

London Marathon details, previous results, and reports are at runABC South race listing here.

Image courtesy TCS London Marathon

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