Medals were in abundance as over 1,300 people crossed the finish line over three fun-filled days of running in Mid Sussex.
Entry numbers were higher than those of 2015 with 158 runners completing the 26.2 miles over the three-day weekend, along with participants who chose to tackle the individual races. Not to be outdone, 294 children took their share of the limelight running in the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Mile Fun Runs. Finishers of every race received a medal, with those completing the full Marathon being rewarded with a unique commemorative medal.
Olympic medals were also on display as Richard Leman officially started the Mile and 10-Mile races on Saturday at East Grinstead. The former international Hockey player sported his 1988 Great Britain team tracksuit and brought along Gold and Bronze medals from the 1988 Seoul and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics respectively.
Over 80 people volunteered their time as course marshals, which included the involvement of Haywards Heath Harriers, Burgess Hill Runners and the Friends of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods. Event Director Simon Adby said: “The value of those who are willing to volunteer their time to facilitate a community event such as Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend should not be underestimated. We have received so much thankful feedback from this year’s participants, complimenting our volunteers for the great marshalling job that they do. In the opinion of some runners the marshals support and cheeriness really does make our event unique.”
In its fifth consecutive year the event welcomed back its creator Mims Davies, former Haywards Heath Town Councillor and current Member of Parliament for Eastleigh since May 2015. Mims volunteered as course marshal for the Haywards Heath 10-mile and then donned her running shoes to participate in the Burgess Hill 10k on Bank Holiday Monday. Councillor Pru Moore (Cabinet Member for Leisure and Sustainability, Mid Sussex District Council) said: “We were delighted that Mims was able to be involved this year, not least so she could see just how far the event that she created has come since 2012.” In recognition of the three excellent host venues Councillor Moore went onto say: “We are extremely grateful to East Grinstead Rugby Club and Oakmeeds Community College who have allowed us to return to their venues for a second year running and, along with Victoria Park, provide ideal locations for hosting an event on this scale.”
The dates for 2017 have been announced as 29th April to 1st May. Those wishing to be involved can take advantage of an “early bird” offer by securing their place at this year’s prices; follow these links:
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