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Get ready for the Make a run for Mid Sussex


As the excitement of the Sussex Living Marathon Weekend is drawing closer, now is the time to get in shape for the big race.


by Nicole Tata


The Sussex Living Marathon Weekend is set to take place over the May Bank Holiday this year – three races in three beautiful Mid Sussex locations to make up 26.2 miles, the distance of a full marathon. We’re thrilled to report that runners are now signing up in large numbers to participate in one or more of the races:


Saturday 5 May: East Grinstead 10 miles Sunday 6 May: Haywards Heath 10 miles Monday 7 May: Burgess Hill 10 kilometres


ahead. We asked some local experts to give us the benefit of their knowledge and experience on how best to prepare for a distance race.


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Martin Burke has turned his life’s passion for running into a successful business. His company Nice Work (www.nice-work.org.uk) is a leading, Sussex based event management company that specialises in organising road races in the UK, including the Sussex Living Marathon Weekend. He says: “When training for any event, and regardless of how fit or experienced you may be, there are a number of


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unning a (part) marathon is not a walk in the park; you need to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the challenge that lies


things you need to get right from the start to make sure you get to the finish line feeling happy with your result.” We also spoke to Becky Wells


(www.beckywells.com), a local personal trainer with a wealth of experience in fitness training and sports therapy, who also offered some helpful insight into what it takes to get your body and mind ready for race day.


Footwear Your first consideration should be your running shoes. There’s lots of talk these days about the type of shoes we should be wearing. Many advocate barefoot running whilst others promote the idea that you should wear shoes designed for the way you run, with correct support to minimise


injury. Many sports retailers will offer advice; they’ll look at how you run and recommend shoes to suit your particular requirements. They’ll also take into account the mileage you’re running and whether you’re training for a 5k or a marathon.


Training Training schedules will vary from person to person, and what may suit one runner may not suit another. Make sure you train at your own pace. Look at the distance you’re aiming to complete and think about the number of miles you need to run in a week. As a general rule, you should increase your weekly mileage by no more than 10% each week. Most schedules will include a variety of sessions – a short/ recovery run, a medium length run, a speed session and a long run.


Extra Help Take a look online. There are lots of websites that offer specific help with training; some even have training plans to download, including many leading charities. Get a running app for your smart phone to help you map, record and track your progress. You might consider joining a running club. Training with like- minded people, clubs provide a


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