Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend
by Simon Adby
Be inspired by the stories of the Mid Sussex Marathon runners.
The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend will be returning for its sixth successive year over the May Bank Holiday to demonstrate how running can be challenging, rewarding, beneficial to health, life changing and awe-inspiring. We have met some people who might just persuade you to complete a registration form for this year’s event.
79-year-old Peter Chittenden took up running at the age of 42. “I watched the first London Marathon in 1981 and thought I would give running a go, so got fit and ran the 2nd London Marathon in 1982. Since then I have been hooked.”
What makes Peter’s story remarkable is that he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in April 2012, which had spread to his bones. “With medical permission I carried on running to get back at my cancer. I am still fighting, but it won’t stop me running. I have run 4 Mid Sussex Marathons since 2012 and all being well will do so again this year.”
Steph Turley, 29, told us she took up running in 2010. “I remember my first run so vividly. My (now) husband took me to Victoria Park in Haywards Heath but I couldn’t even run around the park once without slowing to a walk and I hated every minute of it. Slowly but surely I got better.”
Seven years later Steph has set herself a challenge of ‘30 Before 30’. “I am running 30 Races before I am 30 this year for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) as last year my best friend was diagnosed with the condition. I am raising money to support their continued operation and raise awareness for them and the condition.”
Carol Hayes, David Jago and Jim Vidler developed a group friendship at the 2013 Mid Sussex Marathon. Carol explained, “Jim and David had race numbers 11 and 12 and I was 10 so we said ‘Hi’ whenever we passed each other, and then started referring to each other by our numbers throughout the 3 days.”
It wasn’t until a few months later at the Bewl 15 that the ‘3 amigos’ were reunited again, where they swapped numbers, connected on Facebook and have been friends ever since. They meet up at different running events and still refer to each other as 10, 11 and 12.
The stories of friendship, overcoming personal adversity and improving health and fitness are just a few benefits that running can offer anyone. If it’s something that you have been considering then think no longer! Whether you want to start with a gentle Mile, a testing 10K, challenging 10 Mile or, the ultimate Marathon then we will see you at the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2017.
For further information about the marathon, and to read the personal stories in full, please visit www.midsussexmarathon.co.uk
EVENT DATES FOR THE MID SUSSEX MARATHON
- Saturday 29th April 2017; East Grinstead 10 Mile (East Grinstead rugby Club).
- Sunday 30th April 2017; Haywards Heath 10 Mile (Victoria Park).
- Monday 1st May 2017; Burgess hill 10k (the Burgess hill academy, formerly Oakmeeds Community College)