Running in Sussex

Sussex is a beautiful countryside to traverse and there are many fantastic runs and clubs in the County. Haywards Heath is fortunate to be home to the largest Athletics Club in Mid Sussex, the Haywards Heath Harriers, with over 300 members. The club has been around for a long time and was the place that our lovely Olympian, Daly Thompson, first got into athletics. The Town is also part of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend, boasting the Haywards Heath 10 mile challenge as part of this 26.2 mile challenge. The Mid Sussex Marathon will be returning for its 12th year in 2023. There is a weekly Parkrun in Clair Park (5k) and a Junior Parkrun.

Sussex is home to some striking countryside with trails at all levels for runners. The South Downs Way and runs through the High Weald and along the coast are some of the most beautiful but there are many smaller and less challenging runs through historic towns and country parks and woodlands. There are many marathons, half marathons and fun runs across Sussex and a variety of running clubs from beginners through to endurance running and racing.

Mid Sussex Marathon

The Town is also part of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend, boasting the Haywards Heath 10 mile challenge as part of this 26.2 mile challenge. The Mid Sussex Marathon will return for its 12th year in 2023.

Haywards Heath Harriers

Haywards Heath Harriers Athletics Club provides high quality structured training to its 230 plus membership. We promote physical activity in a safe, welcoming environment across a range of athletic disciplines from endurance running to track and field. We are inclusive and celebrate the diversity of our membership from juniors to adults.

The club is recognised and respected within the community having been in existence since 1965. We are powered by a dedicated team of volunteers including coaches, run leaders and an elected committee. 

Please check out our website for more details. 

Haywards Heath Junior Parkrun

Haywards Heath Junior Run is a 2k event for juniors only (4-14 year olds). If you are not a junior please try one of our weekly Saturday parkrun events instead. 


Haywards Heath Ultra Core Run Club

Part of UltraCore Fitness, the Haywards Heath Ultra Core Run Club offers courses for beginners, improvers and those who just want to run. Membership is merely a donation to the British Heart Foundation. The group meets every Thursday evening and has three leaders to take groups of all levels. 



J & M Running

J and M Running is all about getting people running in Mid Sussex, whatever their starting point​. They offer a variety of runs and courses suitable for all levels of runner. 




Run ABC South is a site which provides details of clubs, races and charity runs in the South of England.


Parkrun Clair Park

Parkrun Clair Park is a free weekly 5K run at Clair Park in Haywards Heath. After the run, the group heads to Waitrose Cafe for a coffee and a chat. Why not sign up and join them? 

Sussex Races

Sussex Races is a free site to promote running across Sussex. It lists details of upcoming races, results and links to running clubs and organisations in Sussex.