We love hearing your stories

Thank you to everyone who has tagged #MSMW2020 and shared their MSMW 2020 running stories. We miss seeing you all this year, so we really love hearing from you and it’s great to see so many of you enjoying the Virtual challenge!

Here are just some of the comments we’ve received:

Mark Raven “All done. Loved having a new challenge, so happy that you kept it going as a virtual race. Day 1 Ardingly Reservoir 10m, Day 2 Weir Wood Reservoir 10m , today West Hoathly 10k trail. Tried to replicate the real thing and made each day hilly and today just as hot as last year.”

Samantha Day “Day 2 completed of the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 – 10.72 miles. I had so much fun today on the walk and especially on the viaduct. Just goes to show what exercise in a lovely location can do for you. Only 6.2 miles to go tomorrow!” https://www.facebook.com/100009878320083/videos/1174433126229287

James Munden “Day 3 done 26.2 done 😁 day 3 I was joined by Emily but she didn’t put much effort in mainly asleep!”

Becky Workman “Thanks for enabling us to do this remotely this year. Looking forward to receiving the gorgeous medals”

Jim Vidler “This is such a great event, and being virtual this year doesn’t really detract from the challenge, well worth giving it a go!”

Ian Highland ”All done, 2 HM’s in 3 days. Just the motivation I needed. Thank you.”

The MSMW 2020 Team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone supporting MSMW2020 and making it such a success!

If you haven’t already, sign up now! What have you got to loose! Remember to post your pictures and tag #MSMW2020

East Grinstead 10 Miles & 5 Miles

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend usually kicks off in the beautiful medieval market town of East Grinstead, situated within reach of Gatwick Airport, London, Ashdown Forest and the South Coast. It is an ideal base from which to explore the South East and run the EG 10 Mile event through the historic surroundings of East Grinstead.

This year, you may not be able to run in East Grinstead but can still complete the event virtually and will be awarded the East Grinstead Medal for completing either 10 miles or 5 miles. Alternatively, you might like to try the 1 Mile or the 1K Family Fun Run!

Complete the distance in any location near to you, or even at home if you can’t go out. You can run, walk, skip or cycle your chosen distance!

The choice is yours!

Sign up now, you have until 28th June 2020 to enter and until 1st July 2020 to complete your distance!

If you live in the East Grinstead area, here’s a few suggestions for local places to run and walk;

Before setting off, do check they are open and remember to follow the latest government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Take a look back at our photo’s from last year’s events!

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How to choose your route for the MSMW2020 Virtual Race

The distance is the only requirement—everything else is up to you! Finding a good route can make your race experience even more exhilarating.

Route planning

Decide what you want from a Running Route.

It’s really up to you and what you want to achieve from the path you’re running on. If you’re interested in a challenge then hills are a great, if you’re just starting out you’re probably best with a park run or even laps of your garden.

Think of the running surface.

It’s a good idea to plan routes that take you over a variety of surfaces. Grassland, wooded trails, dirt paths as well as roads are all good running surfaces. Of course, if you are looking to run your best ever race, then you should stick to the pavement or running track.

Consider weather.

If the sun is shinning remember your sunscreen and plenty of water. Ensure you are wearing suitable footwear for the conditions and if the weather is against you, you may want to use a less exposed running route. 

Keep it interesting.

Run somewhere you like to keep it fun, interesting and even exciting.

Use Strava routes.

If you are stuck for ideas, you can find routes that runners near you have completed and also build your own route.

Do a out and back route.

If you don’t have the tech to map a route or have trouble remembering directions, an out-and-back is a simple solution. If you have a GPS watch, all you have to do is run half of the race out and then run the other half back. Knowing there is a half way point can be very helpful.

Complete the race on a treadmill.

This is a good option for people who can’t go outside right now.

If you haven’t already, Sign up for MSMW2020 Virtual Race now !

FUN WARM UPS FOR KIDS!

Perfect for race day!

A simple walk, jog, or march, in motion or in place, can serve as a good warm-up for kids. You can also incorporate any of these kinds of movements:

Arm circles or swings: Hold arms outstretched from shoulders and turn in small circles. Increase the size of the circles and swing arms forward and back from the shoulder.

Dancing: Let kids make up their own moves to music they like.

Side Hops: With feet together, jump from one side of an imaginary line to the other. Or hop on one foot and switch back and forth.

High Knees: While walking, lift knees high in the air. Intensify by adding arm movements, or by speeding up the walk to a jog.

Butt Kicks: Like high knees in reverse. Exaggerate your steps in jogging by reaching your foot toward your rear end.

Walking Lunges: Step forward with one leg and lower so the knee is at a 90-degree angle and the back leg is stretched out long. Then lift the back leg up and forward so it’s bent and in front. Continue alternating lunges while moving forward.

Jumping Jacks: When you’re ready to add some more intensity to your warm-up exercises, incorporate jumping jacks—they involve both arms and legs and add impact to your routine.

Side Hops: With feet together, jump from one side of an imaginary line to the other. Or hop on one foot and switch back and forth.

Grapevine: Walk or jog sideways, crossing one foot in front of the other in an alternating pattern

Now you’re ready for the 1 mile family fun run, a 5K or even the 1/2 of full marathon. If you haven’t already entered, sign up now!

Date Announced for MSMW 2020!

Following a recent announcement , the early May Bank Holiday date will be moved to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, therefore we have decided to move the date of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020 to the late bank holiday weekend in May.

We can confirm the event will now take place on the following dates;

Saturday 23rd May 2020: East Grinstead 10 Mile

Sunday 24th May 2020: Haywards Heath 10 Mile

Monday 25th May 2020: Burgess Hill 10K

The Mid Sussex Family Fun Run and Junior Mile Races will also take place on each day of the event.

Don’t forget our early bird offer is still open until the end of August 2019, so why not enter now?

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Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries regarding the change of date.

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How to enter MSMW2019- Everything you need to know

When and where does the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2019 take place?

  • 10 Mile Race on Saturday 4th May 2019 in East Grinstead
  • 10 Mile Race on Sunday 5th May 2019 in Haywards Heath
  • 10K Race on Monday 6th May 2019 in Burgess Hill

The three races combined will cover a total of 26.2 miles – the classic marathon distance.

Using undulating roads, trails and pathways in and around Mid Sussex, the races are run over mainly traffic- free routes.

What time does the Mid Sussex Marathon 2019 start?

The main race will take place at 10.30am  on each day of the event. The Mid Sussex Fun Run starts at 9.30am and the Mid Sussex Mile at 10.00am at all 3 venues.

When does entry open for Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2019

Entry is open now and you can enter right up to the day of each event.

Where is the start and finish line?

East Grinstead 10 Mile 4th May 2019: start and finish at the East Grinstead Rugby Club, Saint Hill Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4JU.

Haywards Heath 10 Mile 5th May 2019: start and finish at Victoria Park, South Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4HT.

Burgess Hill 10K 6th May 2019: start and finish is at The Burgess Hill Academy (formerly Oakmeeds Community College), Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9EA.

What is the course like?

East Grinstead: The race starts at the East Grinstead Rugby Club and, after a short road section, joins the footpaths and trails down to, and around, Weir Wood Reservoir. Virtually all of the route is off-road and traffic free. Participants then return to the Rugby Club for the finish line.

Haywards Heath: Runners will start on South Road High Street before entering Victoria Park to complete two course loops covering roads, paths, trails and footpaths in and around Haywards Heath. Much of the route is off-road and mainly traffic free.

Burgess Hill: The race starts on The Burgess Hill Academy playing field and exits via Woodlands Meed School onto Chanctonbury Road. Runners then run up Chanctonbury Road to Nightingale Meadows where they do two laps of the fields before returning to the Academy by the same route.

Route maps are available at www.midsussexmarathonweekend.co.uk.

How can I enter?

You can enter online at www.midsussexmarathon.co.uk or submit a postal entry by downloading an entry form available on the website. Once you have completed your entry form, please complete and return to:

Nice Work, Teviot, Malthouse Lane, Peasmarsh,East Sussex, TN31 6TA
Entry fees can be paid by cheque or Postal Order payable to Places Leisure LTD.

You can also enter on the day at the Registration desk before the start of the event. We can accept cash, cheque and card payment.

Do you have to enter all 3 races?

No, you can choose to enter 1,2 or all 3 races as runners can enter each race individually. So, will be it be a 1 mile, 10KM, 10 Miles or Marathon distance?

What do you get for completing the race?

All finishers will receive a medal for each race completed .  Those completing all three races will receive a special commemorative Marathon Weekend medal plus a finishers T-Shirt.

When will I receive my race pack?

We start distributing race packs by post 2-3 weeks prior to the event. If you enter within this period, we will notify you of how we intend to get your race pack to you. This will either be by post or if it’s close to the event we may ask you to collect it from the Registration Desk on the day.

Is the Race Chip Timed?

Yes, the Mid Sussex Mile and all 3 main races are chipped timed.

Are there any events for families, young people and those just wanting to run a short distance?

In addition to the main races, there will be a Mid Sussex Fun Run open to all, including younger runners and those seeking a more leisurely distance, plus a timed Mid Sussex Mile race for junior runners on each day of the event.

What will the weather be like?

It’s difficult to forecast this far in advance, so it’s best to check the weather forecast on the morning of each event. In previous years, we have had both rain and sunshine, so we advise being well prepared for both. We will post updates on social media to keep you informed throughout the event.

What footwear do I need?

Dependent on recent weather, we would recommend trail shoes. If it’s likely to be muddy, normal running shoes will be suitable, provided the weather has recently been dry. If you are looking for a new pair of trainers, check out On Running and Herbert Sports who will attend the East Grinstead event with try on shoes!

Can i wear earphones?

For your own safety, its important to ensure you can still hear & listen to other runners, traffic, guidance from marshals and of course the crowd cheering you on. For this reason, Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend approves the use of bone-conducting earphones rather than “in ear” earphones.

We recommend AfterShokz Trekz Titanium or AfterShokz Trekz Air bone conducting earphones, these can be purchased from Wisdom Sports, Haywards Heath,as well as other leading sports shops.

Is Drinking water provided on the route?

Water stations are situated on each route. We also recommend bringing plenty of water with you, preferably in reusable water bottles.

Are other refreshments available?

Yes, we lay on refreshments at the finish line for all runners. East Grinstead Rugby Club will open for refreshments at The East Grinstead 10 Mile. Cloud 9 and The Pig & Jacket catering outlets will available at The Haywards Heath 10 Mile and The Burgess Hill 10K.

Can I still get involved if I do not want to run?

Yes, you are very welcome to come along and cheer the runners on.  You can also volunteer to help at the event.  We are always looking for helpers to direct runners on the course, hand out water and provide support. Please get in touch if you can help out.

When are the results available?

Nice Work will publish results on their website, shortly after each event. This will be shared on our social media pages.

When do you PRESENT prizes?

All runners will receive a medal when they cross the finishing line. The prize presentation ceremony will take place shortly after each event. The Marathon Winners presentation will take place on Monday 6th May, shortly after the Burgess Hill 10 Mile race.

Is there an official photographer?

Yes, professional photographers New Pixels will attend all 3 days of the event. You will be able to purchase photographs via their website shortly after each race.

What if i need Assistance?

If you have any queries or problems on the day, please go to the Registration Desk or speak to one of the marshals who will assist you.

Will Medical Support be AVAILABLE?

Yes, medical staff will be available at each event. If you feel you need medical assistance please speak to the nearest marshal.

Will the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend Event take place in 2020?

It certainly will! Look out for further details posted on our social media pages shortly after this years event.