Long-serving AIMS Secretary Hugh Jones has been honoured at London Marathon for his outstanding contribution to marathon running in the UK over several decades.

 

The Disley Lifetime Achievement Award was initiated by John Disley, co-founder of the London Marathon in 1981, who died in February this year, aged 87.

 

It was first presented last year to Paula Radcliffe, world record holder and three-times women’s winner at London.

 

A Londoner himself, Hugh was the first British winner of the London men’s race in 1982 (2:09:24) and has been actively involved with the event ever since. He is the AIMS/IAAF measurer responsible for the course certification.

 

HRH Prince Harry, Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and John’s widow, Sylvia Disley – also an Olympian – are pictured jointly presenting the award to Hugh after the London Marathon in April.

 

AIMS President Paco Borao congratulated Hugh on behalf of AIMS. Hugh Jones has been Secretary since 1996.

 

 

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K this year plans to improve its ranking as Canada’s most sustainable run.

 

Having last year been promoted from Silver to Gold certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, organisers have more plans to save the environment this year.

 

There’ll be additional recycling and compost stations in the Finish food area, simplified on-course waste diversion at water stations, on-course water bottle refill stations to reduce reliance on paper cups and other waste reduction measures.

 

 

Gold certification requires socially and environmentally responsible best practices at sporting events. Standards must be achieved in areas ranging from waste management and climate impact to community involvement and health promotion.

 

The event is a point to point waterfront run from UBC to Stanley Park, taking in Vancouver’s prettiest scenery. Every kilometre is marked and on-course water stations are matched by the number of entertainment stations along the way.

 

 

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