Marathon Weekend Hits New Highs
Mid Sussex was awash with runners over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend as over 1,500 people took part in the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend. The event, now in its sixth year, saw the highest ever number of entries since it began in 2012.
The 3-day Marathon Weekend covered roads, trails, footpaths and fields in and around East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill – the three towns of Mid Sussex. Some ran for a charity close to their heart, while others ran to challenge themselves.
The Haywards Heath event was part of the Sussex Grand Prix, and was the busiest event, attracting just short of 500 runners. The Mid Sussex Wellbeing Mile also hit new highs as over 300 runners took part in those runs over the three towns.
East Grinstead Rugby Club opened up its doors to provide the venue for the 10 mile East Grinstead first leg. Victoria Park in Haywards Heath was the venue for the 10 mile Haywards Heath leg and The Burgess Hill Academy kindly welcomed runners onto their playing fields for the 10k Burgess Hill finale.
Over the 3 days Mid Sussex District Council Chairman Cllr Peter Reed, Vice Chairman Cllr Bruce Forbes and the three Town Mayor’s Cllr Bob Mainstone (East Grinstead), Cllr Sujan Wickremaratchi (Haywards Heath) and Cllr Jacqui Landriani (Burgess Hill) presented runners with hundreds of medals and a variety of individual and team prizes over the three days of the event.
Nick Wisdom was also a special guest to start both the Haywards Heath races and to help present medals at Victoria Park in Haywards Heath to recognise his 40 years in business at Wisdom Sports in the Town Centre and generous annual donation of a voucher to be used in his shop.
“I’d like to thank all the local people who have shown such great support for the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend,” said Councillor Peter Reed, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council. “Whether you took part in the races, volunteered your time to help or came out to cheer the runners along, you have all played your part in making this event so special. Congratulations to everyone who completed all three races over the weekend. The race medals look fantastic when they’re all linked together and provide a great memento of your achievement.”
The brave 185 participants who ran all three races, thus completing the full marathon distance, were rewarded with a commemorative t-shirt and fourth medal to join with their other three, creating a unique medal.