On Saturday 5th May East Grinstead hosted the first leg of the Mid Sussex Marathon (The three towns, three races challenge that make up the classic marathon distance of 26.2 mile). Running for the 7th time the three races had record entries this year, with the East Grinstead seeing over 400 on the start line.
Runners were able to enter each race individually but those completing all three received a special commemorative Marathon Weekend medal as well as their individual race medals.
In addition to the main races, there were Mid Sussex Mile races and a Mid Sussex Fun Run open to all, including younger runners and those seeking a more leisurely distance.
East Grinstead’s 10 mile race, starting and finishing at the rugby club, has been recognised from the beginning as being the most challenging of the three, although equally the most scenic and it lived up to its reputation this year, with sweltering heat and a couple of exceptionally muddy sections to negotiate. Many runners crossed the line covered head to toe in mud, but most had a smile of relief on their faces.
The annual event hosted by Mid Sussex District Council and the Town Councils of East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, is managed by Freedom Leisure and race management company Nice work and relies on many volunteers to safely marshal the courses. Thanks as ever, was extended to all of them.
All the runners were congratulated over the line and presented with a medal by East Grinstead Town Mayor Cllr Julie Mockford and Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council Cllr Bruce Forbes.
Anyone interested in completing this challenge in 2019 should visit www.midsussexmarathon.co.uk and look for entry details.