THE 10TH MID SUSSEX VIRTUAL MARATHON & HALF MARATHON WEEKEND 1ST-31ST MAY 2021.
Due to the on-going pandemic, the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend will now be a virtual event once again.
Simon Adby, Race Director said “Our highest priority is the service and experience we provide to our runners and we did not deem it possible to confidently plan a live event with there still being so much uncertainty about the circumstances within which we would be able to operate. Substantial investment is required a minimum of 6 months in advance of staging a live 3-day event and being a not-for-profit event we deemed the current uncertainty to be too much of a risk.
Despite all the odds, The Virtual Mid Sussex Marathon in 2020 was a complete success, with over 400 people taking part, most managing the full 26.2 miles over the month. The flexibility provided the challenge needed for serious runners whilst giving people who never would have believed they would complete a marathon a chance to experience the exhilarating feeling of achieving something amazing.” He added. “This is the 10th year so we want even more people to get involved. We don’t mind how old you are, how experienced you are or even how you do it! Walk, run, hop, skip or in a Wheelchair its up to you, and the more creative, the better!“
As challenging as ever, runners complete a marathon or half marathon distance during May 2021. For the full Mid Sussex Marathon experience, this can be completed over 3 consecutive days (Marathon: 10 mile, 10 mile, 10 km; Half Marathon: 5 mile, 5 mile, 5 km), or take the challenge at your own pace across the whole month.
Participants will receive a fabulous Mid Sussex Marathon T-Shirt and our coveted 3-part medal!
Jenny took on the ultimate challenge to complete the MSMW 2020 Virtual Full Marathon. She chose to do each run in the relative towns (Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead). Jenny told us she has 3 exhausting days 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! “
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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