So, I tried it. I am lucky enough to live near Epping Forest, which is a haven for runners but also picnic-goers and groups of teenagers looking for somewhere to hide from their parents and families. At the weekend it’s a hive of activity and provides welcome respite from the busy city. Sadly, some of the people who enjoy the forest don’t treat it with the respect it deserves and leave their litter behind. It happens on a regular basis, and I’ve seen many of the Epping Forest Wardens with bags full of other people’s rubbish. This is perfect plogging fodder, I thought!
I took a plastic bag with me and picked up as much as I could along the way, I came back with a whole bag of litter after just 5km of running. It’s not a way to get a personal best, that’s for sure, but it does add quite a bit of squatting – let’s call it a cardio and strength workout? Feeling as though I’d done something positive for the environment whilst enjoying my hobby was a real endorphin boost, and I’ll certainly do it again.
Go on, give plogging a go.