Marathon of litter
Sir - Our countryside and cities are being destroyed by marathons and road races and the huge amounts of litter they leave behind.
Many runners think the rules regarding litter disposal are suspended when a race is going on, that laws regarding the disposal of rubbish are neither here nor there, as they unashamedly throw their rubbish on the ground for others to pick up. Some race marshals do pick up a lot of the water bottles, but a high number are still left behind and build up significantly over many years of races. They are out of sight of race marshals. Water bottle after water bottle can be seen thrown all over when the race is over. Paper and plastic cups are also part of the rubbish of runners, who throw them on the ground at will - in addition to energy-bar wrappers and other paraphernalia. Race organisers, sponsors and hosts should be prosecuted for the huge amounts of litter left behind by their runners.