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

Yay, we can now unveil this years T-shirts! Read on to find out how you can get one.

Mid Sussex Marathon Finishers T-Shirt

Thank you to everyone who completed our poll asking you what colour T-shirt you wanted this year. We hope you like it. Fancy one? Just sign up to the Mid Sussex Marathon today and we’ll be there to present one to you at the finish line!

Volunteer T-Shirt

If running is not your thing, we still need volunteers to help out at each event, so why not become a volunteer and you’ll go home with one of these fab T-Shirts!

Reasons to volunteer #1

“To anyone with spare time on their hands, I would suggest volunteering. It is a wonderful hobby in itself; you choose your hours, days and the type of thing that interests you – did you ever get that in work? Now is your opportunity, give yourself a new lease of life and try having a go at all these different jobs – you will, hopefully, be rewarded with thanks, smiles, a feel good factor, a healthy and improved mind set and who knows what else?” Why not give it a go?

Barbara Lank, Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend Volunteer