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.

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Whats New For 2018? #3

WOW, we are so excited to announce a new event will take place on each race day, the Mid Sussex Fun Run. This event will not be timed, so there is no pressure and participants can just run for fun! Ideal for all ages and abilities, this one mile run is a great way to join together with family, friends and colleagues to get active, raise money for charity or just simply enjoy being part of an inspiring, motivating and rewarding event. #Fairfax #Funrun #MidSussex

Need to burn off a few Easter eggs?

If you’ve eaten an Easter egg or two and are looking for a way to get rid of those excess calories, why not take part in the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Mile?  Whats more, its ideal for all abilities, so you can bring the family with you!

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As part of their commitment to get everybody more active, more often, the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team are continuing their sponsorship of the Mid Sussex Mile. The events will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend and are part of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2017.

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing Mile is an ideal event for people of all ages and abilities to take part in. It doesn’t matter if you can’t run as walking is perfectly acceptable. Even if you have never entered a race before, the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team can help to get you started.   The Mile race allows families to take part together and more importantly to have fun. There is also the opportunity to raise money for a favourite charity. There are medals for all finishers and Miles the dog will be in attendance. This is a community event that is becoming a great addition to the Mid Sussex calendar, so whatever your motivation, the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team have lots of tips and advice to help you.

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team provides advice, guidance and support to make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating well, getting more active, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking.

So if you want to be involved, but need help getting active, call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team today on 01444 477191 email or visit their website: and they will help to get you started.

The fun runs will start at 9.30am on all three days of the May Bank Holiday weekend, before the main races at 10.30am. We are delighted the 2017 races will be hosted again at the 2016 venues:

  • Saturday 29th April – East Grinstead Rugby Club, Saint Hill Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4JU.
  • Sunday 30th April – Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, RH16 4LY.
  • Monday 1st May – Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9EA.

See you there!