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A good run ruined

July 9, 2015

Was it Churchill who said that “golf is a good walk spoiled?”

Well I say litter is a good run ruined, a good family day by the sea (like today!) spoiled, a good earth wasted.

I can’t believe that in 2015 there exist people who litter. I thought we’d have evolved beyond those lesser developed neandrathalic-morons by now. But, no. Like this waste beside the ocean, my runs are often littered with roadside rubbish. Everything from microwaves to condoms, tires to the ubiquitous fast food coffee cups. It irks the hell out of me to live in such a beautiful part of the world and have it scarred by detritus in the ditch. That’s right detritus.

When I head back to this otherwise stunning slice of shore next, I’m bringing a garbage bag.

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  1. Good on you for taking to cleaning it up and maybe setting a good example. We have a local lake here that was recently drained due to drought and cleaning (Its up now due to floods) that almost the entire bottom was covered in beer cans. Now it was not a big lake but it was such a sad sad sight to see. Maybe there should be a runners initiative to clean the places we run. On short runs we return with bags and clean up a bit. A campaign like that would be awesome.

    1. You’re on to something there, Dude! Like a 10k run where a group of people run to the first k and walk back picking up trash along the way. Another group runs to the 2k mark and does the same. And so on for each km mark. You’d have a 10k stretch cleaned up in a few hours!

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