Borough Council of Wellingborough

Wellingborough runners tackle roadside rubbish

Published Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Athletes from the Wellingborough & District Athletic Club swapped their trainers for litter pickers and cleared more than 85 bags of rubbish over two events on Sunday 26 May and Saturday 15 June.

More than 25 members from as young as five to 75 years old grabbed litter picks, high-vis jackets, gloves and bags, provided by Wellingborough Council’s partners Wellingborough Norse, and cleared litter from the roadside of Sywell Road, Moonshine Gap and Mears Ashby and along the Finedon Slips from Harrowden to Finedon.

Katharine Baxter-Smith, Wellingborough & District Athletic Club, said: “I was fed up of seeing so much rubbish on the sides of country roads when I went out running; it seems such a shame when we have beautiful countryside around us!

“I had the idea to do a ‘Runners vs Rubbish’ litter pick and put the idea on our running club Facebook page to see if people were interested in volunteering.  I got such a great response I decided to organise two litter picks, we collected over 85 bags over two events which has made a real difference to these areas.”

Bernard Gallyot, Operations Director at Wellingborough Norse, said: “It’s wonderful that the community come together to carry out litter picks and we will support residents by providing equipment and collecting bags of litter.

“I would like to ask all residents to help keep our borough rubbish free by responsibly disposing of their items in waste bins, at their nearest household waste and recycling centre or taking advantage of the bulky waste collection service.”

Wellingborough Norse is committed to supporting any litter picks, and will provide litter pick equipment to any community groups wishing to organise an event. For more information email:

For more information about the next community litter pick and Wellingborough and District Athletic Club, visit: