The Rock 2 Rock race is now only a few days away. Not only does it look like it’s going to be a scorcher, but Cohort 14 are ready and raring to take on the 5k challenge this Saturday. Having now completed their last training session where they achieved up to 5.1k, we think the race in a few days should be a walk in the park for them.
A Watergate Bay beach clean
But whilst we’re all excited to watch the trainees race to the finish line, Training and Development chef Karl Jones felt it was important to remind them of the cause they are running for in the run up to the race. Rock 2 Rock is a plastic free event, where participants can take part in a 2k or 5k race along the beach to raise awareness of the environment we live in. So Karl thought a great way for the trainees to learn about caring for the environment, would be by doing a beach clean.
On the 27th June, armed with bin bags and litter sticks, the trainees walked along Watergate Bay, looking out for anything that didn’t belong on the beach. Generally, the trainees were surprised by how clean the beach seemed on first glance, but on closer inspection they came across lots of micro plastic.
Micro plastic are very small fragments of plastic broken down from larger pieces. These are often the little bits of litter that are hard to spot, but can be just as harmful to the surrounding environment and wildlife. Bits of tiny plastic can often end up getting washed back into the sea where fish and birds end up ingesting them, causing them great harm.
The trainees managed to collect lots of pieces of micro plastic and other litter along the beach on their clean, which was an eye opening experience for them in learning about the importance of caring for the environment, an ethos that Fifteen practices in its work. It’s also made them even more excited for the race on Saturday, now they understand the importance of the cause they’re running for.
We can’t wait to watch cohort 14 take part in the race this Saturday, which will be followed by fireworks, music and food on the beach, all of which will be plastic free of course!