Running for Mental Health

It’s well documented that running is good for mental health. Relieving stress, improving sleep and boosting your mood are just some of the many benefits. So, for Mental Health Awareness Week here are 5 ways you can get involved in running;

1. Join a local running club, they offer great support and help you to meet other like minded people. Details of running clubs in Sussex can be found here.

2. If a local running group is not for you, then try an online running community such as The Lonely Goat Running Club. MSMW 2019 runner Rob, who was running for mental health,says the online community “offers great support”. We think that’s a fab idea!

3. If you’re totally new to running, try a ParkRun. Taking place all over the country they are open to everyone, free, safe and easy to take part in. Events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and they encourage people of every ability to take part.

4. Check out your local Wellbeing Service, who offer support and guidance on a range of services, including how to start running.

5. If you feel you are not ready to start running, you can still be part of the community by volunteering to help at local events. Many running events can only take place because of the support of the amazing people who give up their time to volunteer. For inspiration, read out volunteer stories here.

Photo Credits: Just Simon Photography

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.