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Congratulations to all that have taken part in MSMW 2020 Virtual Fun Run Week!!!

Well done to all the children, families and schools that have completed MSMW 2020 Virtual Fun Run Week. It looks likes you’ve all had a wonderful time taking on the Fun Run challenge, its great to see you all enjoying yourselves!!

Our race director, Simon Adby said “We are so delighted that we have been able to offer the opportunity of a Virtual Fun Run in 2020. Especially as children’s health and wellbeing has been more important than ever this year, it’s been key to get children outdoors and being physically active. “

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the schools that have taken part in this year’s virtual event.

Felbridge PrimaryWoodlands Meed
Staplefield PrimaryTwineham PrimarySt Peter’s Primary
The Gattons Infant School West Hoathly CE Primary SchoolBolney CE Primary School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Imberhorne Secondary ❂ ❂ The Burgess Hill AcademyBlackthorns Primary
St Mary’s CE Primary School Holy Trinity
Manor Field Primary School
Baldwins Hill Primary SchoolWarninglid Primary School
St Augustine’s CEP School

Let us know how you got involved!! Did you take part as a family, with school or alongside NSPCC Childhood Day? How did you complete the race? Did you get creative?? Share your stories and photos with us and tag us at #MSMW2020.

Don’t forget to submit photos and evidence of participation by the 1st July 2020. Remember every child that took part will receive a fabulous wooden medal and certificate!

MSMW 2020 Virtual Runner’s Stories

Samantha Day

Day 1 completed of the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 – 10.55 miles and no rain!Fabulous scenery. Thank you for going virtual giving us the opportunity and motivation to enrol and take part. Looking forward to the next 10 miles tomorrow.

Day 2 completed of the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 – 10.72 miles. I had so much fun today on the walk and especially on the viaduct. Just goes to show what exercise in a lovely location can do for you. Only 6.2 miles to go tomorrow!

Day 3 completed! Yes 6.3 miles today to finish the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 marathon event. I have so enjoyed this challenge. I would recommend it to you all. A big thank you to the organisers for making this virtual and giving me the motivation to take part. I am looking forward to my medals!

After completing the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 virtual event last week over three days, it has motivated me to continue walking longer distances. Today I walked 15.2 miles in preparation for walking 26.2 miles, a whole marathon next weekend in a day.

Well I am blaming the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020! At the beginning of June I registered for the Marathon virtual event, 26.2 miles which I chose to do over three days. I had such a good time and it made me feel so motivated that today I decided to walk 26.2 miles in one day! All good and feeling great.

Congratulations Samantha on completing the MSMW 2020 Virtual Race!!! We hope you are enjoying your medals, your amazing !!

Well done to everyone who completed MSMW 2020 Virtual Race!

Thank you for all your amazing comments, we just love reading them!


Simon Kingsley-Young “Tbh, I NEVER thought that I would ever be getting a medal for taking part in a virtual run, let alone complete a whole marathon. As the post says, you can do a little each day and you get the choice of running, jogging, walking, hopping, skipping, crawling or any other method to get it completed. Well done to Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 for making this event more inclusive than ever before.”

Nura Karpowitsch “Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 omg, I had some stunning scenery, spent more time taking photos than running/walking 😂😂”

Elizabeth Thomas Prentis “Got my medals the other day. Thank you. They look rather wonderful all stacked up”

Richard Barr “Wow ! What a perfect opportunity to run a great virtual run with #MSMW2020 “

Samantha Day “Well I am blaming the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020! At the beginning of June I registered for the Marathon virtual event, 26.2 miles which I chose to do over three days. I had such a good time and it made me feel so motivated that today I decided to walk 26.2 miles in one day! All good and feeling great.
You have up to 28th June to register for any distance you would like to run, walk or cycle as long as you complete it by 1st July. Who knows, you could end up feeling as empowered and motivated as I do and the medals are fab!

Jim Vidler “This is such a great event, and being virtual this year doesn’t really detract from the challenge, well worth giving it a go!”

Wendy White “What I love about this virtual event is that you can choose your distance. Can be less than a marathon.”

Samantha Smith Cllr “Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 is perfect for those who have just started out doing exercise and also for those who find it hard to be in crowds and want to take the race over several days.
Families can participate together and it gives people who may have disabilities to have a chance and take part too!”
So excited!
My first ever medal and I’m chuffed to bits 😁
I completed 10k on my bike last weekend and for some that doesn’t seem much but to me it was a HUGE effort and achievement 🏅
I didn’t think i could do it but there are a lot of things in my life I never thought I could do!
Super proud of my achievement and I hope they do another virtual race because it suits me and would enter again 😊

Kathy Wras “Its been great to have the challenge 🙂 , Day 2 today for me today, 2nd 5 miles under my belt, my poor knees aren’t looking forward to tomorrow!”

Becky Workman “My medals arrived today and they are amazing! Thank you so much for allowing us to run virtually this year. Looking forward to running it with everyone else next year 🤞”

Simon Kingsley-Young “You’ll be glad that you did….I was!!”

Becky Workman “I did! Definitely need some recovery tips 🤣. Thanks for enabling us to do this remotely this year. Looking forward to receiving the gorgeous medals 🏅”

#f15d40James Munden “10 yesterday and 10 today. Missed the event but still great to get out. 6.2 in the morning 😀”

Cathy Burke “Just finished day 1 10 miler. Would normally be sweeping the race so figured this year I may as well run it. #MSMW2020 #teamnicework”

Hope you’re enjoying your well deserved medals and don’t forget you can still grab yourself a MSMW 2020 T shirt!

Running as a family!

Running is a fitness activity that the whole family can get involved in. Unlike any other sports, running activities can accommodate any fitness level or ability. You can make it work for families of all ages. Read on to find out just some of the benefits of running as a family.

It’s good for the mind and body

Running does wonders for the body by strengthening your bones and muscles, exercising your lungs, and boosting the immune system. Living an active lifestyle also makes you more mentally alert, which means kids who are active also tend to be active learners.

It’s the PERFECT FAMILY ACTIVITY

Running together is a great way of encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle whilst having quality family time. Working as a family towards a shared goal and celebrating your achievements will bring everyone closer together.

YOU CAN START SMALL

If you’re new to running and are looking to start out easy, running small short distances with your kids can help your motivation stay high.

WARM-UP WITH THE KIDS

If you’re taking on one of your longer runs, why not warm up with your kids? Have some fun, jump around, dance or skip to get the blood plumping, even if it’s just a jog to the end of the street and back, it’s a way of fitting in your daily steps.

tAKE PART IN AN EVENT TOGETHER

Not only will you enjoy the race endorphins as a family, but you’ll also have fun bonding over the memories for weeks to come.

Have FUN

Signing up to MSMW 2020 Virtual Fun Run together may spark a love for running and encourage your children to take on new challenges for the rest of their lives.

Sign up to MSMW 2020 Virtual Fun Run today !!!!

Think you can’t be part of MSMW 2020 Virtual Race? Think again!

The benefit of going virtual is that you can take part at your own pace and whenever is convenient for you!

You can join the fun of MSMW 2020 Virtual Race anyway that suits you!

You could…

  • Run a little each day
  • Walk the distance or even cycle
  • Complete your chosen distance in your garden
  • Make a fun race day with your family
  • Take part on a treadmill
  • Do one mile a day for 5 or 10 days

Remember you don’t have to enter the full marathon you can do the 1K, 1 Mile, 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile. or challenge yourself to the half marathon. The choice is up to you!!

If you’re new to running take a look at the NHS guide to running for beginners! Also check out our tips for choosing what surface is best for you to run on and route planning.

Give it a try and sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!

NSPCC Childhood Day!

Be a big kid for the day and take on the NSPCC childhood fundraising day!

NSPCC’s Childhood Day will be taking place on Friday 26th June 2020. The aim is to bring people of all ages together to celebrate everything that’s great about being a kid.

Sign up to MSMW 2020 Virtual Fun Run and get creative with how you complete it and help children across the UK!!

Be a big kid animation

Be inspired by childhood fun and games, get everyone involved and have some fun whilst raising money and awareness to help give more children the safe and happy childhood they deserve.

Why not try?….

Tackling a mile long egg and spoon race (or challenge the adults to 5 miles)

Demonstrating your gymnastic skills, cartwheel, forward roll or handstand your way through 1K, you could even create a routine!

Build a obstacle course out of household items.

Dancing for a mile.

Dribbling a football through cones for 1K.

Grabbing a space hopper and bounce your way through the distance!

Roller skating a mile.

Get competitive with a three legged race (please follow government guidelines and only complete this with someone you live with)

Hosting a mini sports day in your back garden or local park!

Taking part in fancy dress or with your face painted.

Having a celebratory victory virtual tea party after your race!

Here is just a handful of idea’s, you can also let your imagination run wild and come up with your own childhood-inspired fundraising challenge’s to. Embrace your inner child.

How to get involved:

  • Sign up to MSMW 2020 Virtual 1K Fun Run, Junior Mile or challenge yourself to the 5k, 5 mile, 10k or 10 mile the choice is yours!
  • Pick an activity
    Get inspired by childhood sports, fun and games.
  • Take part
    Get friends and family involved over Zoom or take on a solo challenge on 26 June 2020 or a date that suits you.
  • Raise money
    Collect donations or get sponsored for your activity, and every pound will help us be here for children.

How your fundraising helps

The Coronavirus crisis is making life hard for children – and many are contacting our Childline service for help. We’ve seen a surge in calls to Childline from children worried about the Coronavirus. Many are struggling with their mental health, or don’t feel safe in their own homes. Your support can help us be here when they need someone to turn to.

Throwback Thursday! Lets take a look back over the past years of MSMW!

This is the 9th year for the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend and what a year it’s been! We have missed seeing you at the event and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support for this years MSMW 2020 Virtual Race.

We’ve had some amazing times over the last 9 years, lets take a look at some highlights……….

2019

Check out our amazing runner stories from 2019!

2018

1400 medals, 22 trophies, 80 bottles of wine, 6 bottles of prosecco and 40 gifts we’re given away to you lucky people back in 2018!

2017

2016

We will be back for MSMW 2021, dates announced in July, watch out for details!

A massive well done to everyone that has already completed the MSMW 2020!!!

Thank you all for supporting us throughout our last 9 years and especially our 2020 virtual race! We are glad you are all enjoying the benefits of going virtual this year! Hopefully next year everything will be back to normal and we will be able to see you all again!

We love hearing your stories, here are a few we thought we’d share:

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Samantha Smith Cllr

“So excited! My first ever medal and I’m chuffed to bits 😁I completed 10k on my bike last weekend and for some that doesn’t seem much but to me it was a HUGE effort and achievement 🏅 I didn’t think i could do it but there are a lot of things in my life I never thought I could do! Super proud of my achievement and I hope they do another virtual race because it suits me and would enter again 😊”

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Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

“Here is @Mark_Walley who is modelling our latest range, AND running the virtual @MidSxMarathon to support us”

Samantha Day

“Day 3 completed! Yes 6.3 miles today to finish the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 marathon event. I have so enjoyed this challenge. I would recommend it to you all. You don’t have to do the full marathon, you can choose from the smaller distances. You can run, walk, hop skip and a jump, roller skate, cycle, any way you like as long as you do it safely.
A big thank you to the organisers for making this virtual and giving me the motivation to take part. I am looking forward to my medals!”

Jezzaruns
“Day 1 complete – a relaxing solo 10 miles .”

“Day 2 @midsussexmarathon complete – solo 10 miles on the trails and another £50 pledged for Heads On Charity. #msmw2020 “

“Day 3 @midsussexmarathon complete – a socially distanced 10k with Ian P . 57.57 with a last mile of 8 min 30 !!! Another £50 pledged for Heads In Charity. #msmw2020”

Becky Workman “My medals arrived today and they are amazing! Thank you so much for allowing us to run virtually this year. Looking forward to running it with everyone else next year”

You are all INCREDIBLE, well done guys!

Remember you have until 28th June to sign up to a MSMW 2020 Virtual Race if you haven’t already!

We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, Hurstpierpoint College, for their continued support throughout MSMW 2020 Virtual Race! They have helped us continue this event, despite the many challenges we all faced this year.

Read on to find out more about Hurst.

At Hurst College, pupil wellbeing is at the heart of what we do. The pre-emptive approach aims to support all pupils throughout their time at Hurst. Positive mental well being is evident throughout assemblies and at every level with the whole school objective ‘to develop a mutually supportive culture’. Pupil wellbeing is an assessed element of the staff performance review system and pervades every aspect of our approach. So much so that our recent ISI report stated “Throughout the school there is a tangible and marked positivity among pupils”. 

Embedded timetabled wellbeing sessions ensure all pupils will spend time on the school farm, in the forest, taking part in yoga, mindfulness and reflecting on what positive well being means to them. Daily sessions with housemasters/mistresses, tri-weekly tutorial sessions and head of year check-ins, ensure pupils can share concerns.

There is an array of expert support beyond house staff – on-site counsellors, medical, Chapel, a dedicated Director of Wellbeing and a pastoral intervention practitioner all provide specialist support, alongside the robust pupil guardian mentor scheme. Pupils feel supported and “cite many people to whom they could turn to for support” (ISI).

Transition to Hurst is a key time and we host a unique two-day event where prospective pupils join us several months in advance of their entry to ensure a smooth transition pastorally and academically to support their wellbeing. This helps develop key relationships with pupils and their schools, who also join us for events throughout the year. This is the beginning of a transition/ induction programme that lasts throughout the first year.

Staff are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid by our Director of Safeguarding, and are also provided with specific and dedicated CPD on supporting individuals. Staff Wellbeing is also a significant priority and Hurst is seen as a leader in this field with our Staff Wellbeing lead regularly writing and presenting for the TES and Optimus Education. Hurst was also the first school nationally to offer all staff the Mind Clinic – a supportive listening service – alongside an array of other staff wellbeing resources and support. This forward-looking culture encourages staff to be excellent role models.

Parents are also key to our wellbeing story. They are invited in for presentations, forums and webinars to help them support their children/our pupils. We believe this holistic approach is key.

Hurst is seen as a wellbeing leader in the local area, emphasised by hosting conferences and forums for other schools with a focus on Wellbeing, Transition and Safeguarding. We also invite key staff from feeder schools to see how we teach subjects, share ideas/best practice, and work closely with those staff to best support every pupil. It is through this and all of the above that we ensure our pupils remain “happy, healthy and active” (ISI).

Mid Sussex Virtual Fun Run Week

join us from 22nd – 26th June 2020

During the week of 22nd-26th June 2020, we are inviting children and families to our Virtual Fun Run Week. Walk, jog or even skip the Virtual Mid Sussex Mile (1.6km) or Fun Run (1k), the more creative you are the better! Children and families completing the challenge can submit photos and evidence of participation by the 1st July 2020. Every child taking part will receive a fabulous wooden medal!

BENEFITS OF getting kids active

We are currently in a time where our personal well being is more important then ever. So what better idea than signing your kids up to one of our races! Give them something to work towards, keep them active and have some fun!

Running is a great activity to help kids build endurance as well as keeping them physically fit and healthy. It offers kids a sense of freedom, also the sense of reward and achievement when they finish.

Keeping active will help maintain blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It helps make bones and muscles strong and improves endurance. It also relieves stress and helps with focus. It improves sleep and mental health as well as boosting self-esteem by helping kids feel confident about their bodies and appearance.

Running is fun, its affordable, it’s an easy sport to learn and helps your children in other sports!

check out our Fun warm up’s for kids, perfect for race day!

Why not do some FUNDRAISINg too!

Inspired by Tony Hudgell ? You too could raise money for the NHS or support our charity partner the NSPCC and help childline. All you need to do is set up a just giving page and enter the MSMW 2020’s Mid Sussex Mile or Fun Run. Why not make it more fun by running in fancy dress!

Sign up Today!