If you come across a group of Lymm Runners this year, take a second glance – if they’re equipped with litter pickers and plastic bags, they may be engaging in Plogging.
This is a recent Scandinavian lifestyle activity – the name is a combination of jogging with Plocka, the Swedish word for picking – which combines running with picking up local rubbish. It has rapidly spread to other countries around the globe and is now being pioneered by Lymm Runners with the support of the Keep Lymm Kleen campaign.
This not only benefits the streets and trails of Lymm by keeping them tidier, it also helps the runners, who are combining running with squatting to lift the rubbish or stretching to pick bags and other litter snagged in trees. The first Plog took place on April 14th along Crouchley Lane where 7 large sackfuls of litter were collected
A spokesperson for Lymm Runners said ‘We have become increasingly disheartened at the amount of rubbish on the roads and trails that we run on round Lymm and decided to do something about it. Club members will meet once a month to clear an area of trail or road of rubbish. Thank you to Brian Harman who organises volunteer groups for the Keep Lymm Kleen campaign and to Councillor Anna Fradgley, for their support and encouragement and for supplying us with kit.’
Councillor Anna Fradgley, who initiated the Keep Lymm Kleen project said ‘ I was delighted to receive the email from Lymm Runners asking if they could help with the initiative. It makes such a difference if the community works together to keep Lymm looking tidy. I would welcome more groups like this to come forward and volunteer. They can do it in their own time and the Parish Council will provide all the kit’.
More about the Campaign to Keep Lymm tidy
Keep Lymm Kleen are happy to welcome more pickers! There is a group pick Sat every 4 weeks. They meet at 9.00 am in the car park at the rear of the Baptist church, Higher Lane, opposite the petrol station. This is to decide who is going to cover what area – to avoid duplication. 1 to 1.5 hours is usually plenty for anyone either in a group session or individually in their own time.
If you would like to join a team of litter pickers, create one of your own, or simply know more, please email Brian Harman on firstname.lastname@example.org
More about the Club
Lymm Runners meet outside the Leisure Centre on Thursdays at 7pm, and outside the Library on Sundays at 8.30 am and Wednesdays at 9.15am.
On Tuesdays there is a choice of meeting outside the Leisure Centre at 7.00pm for the 4 mile Social Whistle Run or on the High School playing fields for the Track Training Session
The Club was formed in 2010 and now has over 300 members. It is the only running club in the village.
For more information visit www.lymmrunners.org.uk