Runner’s stories 2020

Jenny-Anne Dexter

Jenny took on the ultimate challenge to complete the MSMW 2020 Virtual Full Marathon. She choose to do each run in the relative town’s (Hayward’s Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead). Jenny told us she has 3 exhausting day but had fantastic support from friends and her husband. We want to say a massive well done to her for completing the race and we hope she’s enjoying her bespoke medals.

Jenny said: “At first I was devastated I couldn’t take part in the Marathon Weekender but I decided to sign up for the virtual race after my friends agreed to support me by running alongside me. I couldn’t face doing it alone! They also drew up unique routes around Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and East Grinstead, so I didn’t know where I’d be going in advance, which added to the excitement. Completing it has given me a renewed belief that I can work towards a full marathon distance next year, which is my ultimate goal. So bring on 2021! 

Hayward’s Heath 10 Miles & 5 Miles

Day 2 of The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend usually takes place in the thriving town of Hayward’s Heath, in the heart of Mid Sussex. Here we start in the lovely Victoria Park and runners continue through beautiful rural lanes and secluded woodland paths.

 The Town can trace it’s origins back to 1544 but the completion of the London and Brighton Railway Line in 1841 marked the rapid expansion of Hayward’s Heath.

This year, you may not be able to run The Hayward’s Heath 10 Mile but can still complete the event virtually and will bag the Hayward’s Heath Medal for completing either a 10 Mile or 5 Mile. 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 Hayward’s Heath 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 years events!

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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!