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The Race is ON! Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend Goes Virtual!

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020, scheduled to be staged on 23rd-25th May 2020, was postponed on 24th March following the advice of England Athletics that due to the Covid-19 pandemic all licensed events could not take place until 1st June 2020 at the earliest.   

This is the ninth year of the weekend and it is very important to us that we find a way of staging the event this year. In light of the uncertainty surrounding when races will resume and in finding a suitable weekend to stage the 3-day format of the race, we have decided that the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020 will be cancelled, and a new MSMW2020 Virtual Race held in its place. 

The MSMW2020 Virtual Race will provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in all of our unique events. The event will be open from 23rd May to 1st July, with entries closing on 28th June. We are giving you 40 days to complete whichever challenge you choose to take up. Once entered into your chosen event, complete the challenge and then send us recorded evidence of the distance and time completed. You will be entered onto the leader board and sent your beautiful, bespoke, commemorative medal in the post.

If you have been missing the racing environment, then this is an opportunity to test yourself and engage with fellow competitors. The ultimate challenge is the 3-day Marathon but if you’re new to running since we have been in lockdown then perhaps completing the Burgess Hill 5k will be just reward for all your recent hard work.

We want to see all your photos and videos as you complete your chosen Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend Virtual challenge. Perhaps you will choose to raise funds for a charity, maybe even don some fancy dress?! All we ask is that you complete your challenge in accordance with the Government’s latest social distancing guidelines. 

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding during this very difficult time. We have received many kind words and comments of support, which has reassured us that we have taken the right approach.

If you’ve already entered MSMW 2020 or want to know more entering, please download our FAQ’s

Entry Details

Complete them individually – or take on all three to cover 13.1 or 26.2 miles and receive a specially designed Commemorative Mid Sussex Marathon or Half Marathon Weekend Medal.

Entries close at midnight on the 28th June. 

How to submit results:

The challenge is a virtual event, which means you can participate and complete the challenge from anywhere in the world, including your living room! All you need to do is choose your distance during the 40 days of the challenge, record your activity with a GPS watch or activity tracking app and email us at info@nice-work.org.uk. All the results will be collated into a leader board to show overall and age category winners. 

Medals:

Participants that complete the 10, 5 mile and 10k & 5k races will get a high-quality bespoke Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend medal, each one featuring the respective town – East Grinstead, Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill. Those completing the three-race Marathon and Half Marathon will get a 4th medal to create a beautiful stacked memento of completing your challenge. This year’s medal design is a must for your collections!

Medals will be posted within 7 days of submission.

WHAT SURFACE IS BEST FOR YOU TO RUN ON?

In this article we will cover 6 different surface types to run on and their benefits.

  • Running on pavement is ideal for fast running – there is very little danger of turning your ankle. However, consider that it maybe harder on your joints because the pavement does not cushion your steps.
  • A forest or park floor is soft and provides excellent cushioning. Try to pick a route that avoids too many roots, rocks and bumps.
  • Grass is a low-impact surface, meaning that it’s easy on your muscles and joints. Many grassy surfaces are natural, they can be uneven, so as always, do watch your step.
  • A sandy surface trains your muscles and makes you lift your feet. It’s tougher on the calf muscles, so be sure to stretch out afterwards.
  • An all-weather synthetic track surface is springy and great in all weather conditions. Check your local council website for details of tracks near you.
  • The treadmill allows you to train year round with good cushioning and ideal if you can’t leave home. Run to your favourite track to keep it interesting.

Everyone will have different preferences for their favourite surfaces to run on, explore the options and decide which one you like most. Then sign up for MSMW2020 virtual race.

How to choose your route for the MSMW2020 Virtual Race

The distance is the only requirement—everything else is up to you! Finding a good route can make your race experience even more exhilarating.

Route planning

Decide what you want from a Running Route.

It’s really up to you and what you want to achieve from the path you’re running on. If you’re interested in a challenge then hills are a great, if you’re just starting out you’re probably best with a park run or even laps of your garden.

Think of the running surface.

It’s a good idea to plan routes that take you over a variety of surfaces. Grassland, wooded trails, dirt paths as well as roads are all good running surfaces. Of course, if you are looking to run your best ever race, then you should stick to the pavement or running track.

Consider weather.

If the sun is shinning remember your sunscreen and plenty of water. Ensure you are wearing suitable footwear for the conditions and if the weather is against you, you may want to use a less exposed running route. 

Keep it interesting.

Run somewhere you like to keep it fun, interesting and even exciting.

Use Strava routes.

If you are stuck for ideas, you can find routes that runners near you have completed and also build your own route.

Do a out and back route.

If you don’t have the tech to map a route or have trouble remembering directions, an out-and-back is a simple solution. If you have a GPS watch, all you have to do is run half of the race out and then run the other half back. Knowing there is a half way point can be very helpful.

Complete the race on a treadmill.

This is a good option for people who can’t go outside right now.

If you haven’t already, Sign up for MSMW2020 Virtual Race now !

This Year’s Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend Goes Virtual!

Join us for the MSMW 2020 Virtual Race! 

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend has been postponed. BUT we wanted to find a way to stage the event so that you can still receive the fabulous medals! 

A new MSMW Virtual Race has now been launched.  

Historically this event is held over the May Bank Holiday weekend with three races in three towns which, combined, adds up to the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles. You can enter each race individually or, why not enter all three and take on the Marathon Challenge? Each finishers medal has the name of one of the three Mid Sussex towns and those completing the whole 26.2 miles get a 4th medal to complete the set!

So instead of having to run the marathon over a three-day weekend and working out how to travel between East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, we’ve made it a whole lot easier!

Choose Your Challenge:

The Ultimate Challenge

  • The Marathon 26.2 Miles (3 runs of 2 x 10 mile & 1 x 10k) 
  • The Half-Marathon 13.1 Miles (3 runs of 2 x 5 mile & 1 x 5k)
  • Complete the challenge and win all four medals!
  • Or why not challenge yourself and complete both?

Individual Races

  • East Grinstead 5 mile or 10 Mile
  • Haywards Heath 5 mile or 10 Mile
  • Burgess Hill 5K or 10K
  • One medal for each of the individual race distances with the name of the town

For Families

  • 1 KM Family Fun Run
  • Junior 1 Mile Run
  • Or try an individual race over a longer distance
  • Maybe even the ultimate Challenge of a marathon! 

How to complete a Virtual Event:

Participating in a virtual event means you can complete the distance at any time within the event time frame in a location of your choice. Once you have booked your place, we will send you an email with a step by step guide, it couldn’t be easier!

Rather than completing your chosen distance over a three-day weekend, you will now have 40 days to complete whichever Challenge you choose to take up. Race Dates – 23rd May to 1st July. The last date to book your place is the 28th June

Once entered into your chosen event, complete the challenge in your choice of location and then send us recorded evidence of the distance and time completed. Please note, for marathon and half marathon entries, to appear on the leader board, you will be sending us proofs of your THREE individual runs.

If you enter a single event your result will be recorded alongside others who are also taking part in that race and we will send you your own individual medal. If you have been missing the racing environment, then this is an opportunity to test yourself and engage with fellow competitors. 

Or you can take a more novel approach and complete the distance of your choice in your own unique style! Walk, run, on a bike or in a wheelchair! You’ll still receive a medal for completing. You may even decide to raise money for our chosen charity the NSPCC, or another cause that is close to your heart. We don’t mind how you do it, in fact the more creative the better! Walk a Marathon in 40 days, complete 422 x 100 metre Sprints, hop for a Mile, or Cycle a Marathon in two hours, we’d love to see how you do it, do post your selfies and remember to use the tag #MSMW2020!

Stay Safe

ALL WE ASK IS THAT YOU COMPLETE YOUR CHALLENGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.

Keeping active once you’re back to work

If you have a busy schedule, here are a few tips to help you keep active.

1.Make a plan and stick to it.

2.Limit screen and TV time, to make time for exercise.

3.Try cycling or walking to work.

4.Short online workouts can fit in with your busy schedule.

5.Keep track of your steps and move around each hour to get those steps in. Aim to complete the recommended minimum 10,000 steps per day!

6.Try doing some yoga while watching TV.

7.Set an alarm to take a break and go for a short walk.

8.Try standing instead of sitting whenever you can.

9. Set yourself a challenge and enter one of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend events today.

FUN WARM UPS FOR KIDS!

Perfect for race day!

A simple walk, jog, or march, in motion or in place, can serve as a good warm-up for kids. You can also incorporate any of these kinds of movements:

Arm circles or swings: Hold arms outstretched from shoulders and turn in small circles. Increase the size of the circles and swing arms forward and back from the shoulder.

Dancing: Let kids make up their own moves to music they like.

Side Hops: With feet together, jump from one side of an imaginary line to the other. Or hop on one foot and switch back and forth.

High Knees: While walking, lift knees high in the air. Intensify by adding arm movements, or by speeding up the walk to a jog.

Butt Kicks: Like high knees in reverse. Exaggerate your steps in jogging by reaching your foot toward your rear end.

Walking Lunges: Step forward with one leg and lower so the knee is at a 90-degree angle and the back leg is stretched out long. Then lift the back leg up and forward so it’s bent and in front. Continue alternating lunges while moving forward.

Jumping Jacks: When you’re ready to add some more intensity to your warm-up exercises, incorporate jumping jacks—they involve both arms and legs and add impact to your routine.

Side Hops: With feet together, jump from one side of an imaginary line to the other. Or hop on one foot and switch back and forth.

Grapevine: Walk or jog sideways, crossing one foot in front of the other in an alternating pattern

Now you’re ready for the 1 mile family fun run, a 5K or even the 1/2 of full marathon. If you haven’t already entered, sign up now!

MSMW 2020 Event Update

Thank you all for bearing with us at this difficult time for everybody and, as promised, we have a further update on your Mid Sussex Marathon and Half Marathon entry.

We have been doing our best to keep people informed using email and social media. If you have not seen any of our posts about the decision to postpone races, you can find background information on our website here and the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend website

At this stage we would also like to thank the running community who, despite having to deal with this terrible situation in their own lives, have been overwhelmingly supportive of us. We have received so many messages of support and so, from the bottom of our hearts a huge and sincere thank you. We do look forward to celebrating together the return of normal services.

Just to reiterate our earlier statements, we recognise your commitment in paying your entry fee for the race this weekend and do hope that you consider our proposal to deal with the postponement of the event is fair.

First of all, we are looking to stage the event later in the year and as soon as we are able to confirm those dates we’ll be back in touch.

With a significant number of other events also rescheduling to later in the year a rearranged date may not be convenient for you. Therefore, if you cannot attend the rescheduled date we will offer a free deferral to next year’s Mid Sussex Marathon and Half event.

What to do now

You do not have to make your choice now. We still need to confirm the rearranged event date and 2021 race dates and we’ll hopefully let you have those within the next month (we also need to recognise that venues and landowners are also going through a tough time and will no doubt have workload issues). Once you have those dates you can make a decision then.

Hopefully this provides you with an appropriate update at this time. Our team is currently having to send this and similar messages for over 50 events – and there could be more added to that list as time goes on. Our own staff are currently self-isolating and working from home and so whilst we will get around to answering each and every message, it may just take a little time for us to do so.

We promise to keep you all updated.

Thank you once again for your patience and stay safe. 

The Nice Work Team

Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 Postponed

Following todays UPDATE UKA & HCAFS STATEMENT, the Mid Sussex Marathon 2020 is now postponed and will no longer take place on 23rd to 25th May 2020.

We are in the process of dealing with all the logistical difficulties this brings, such as checking venue availability and will try to reach a decision on a new date as soon as possible. Our aim is to hold the event later in 2020.

If you have already entered , we will contact you directly with details of your options once these are confirmed. Please bear with us in the meantime and keep checking back for updates.

COVID-19 Update from MSMW 2020

We were hoping that the COVID-19 emergency would settle in time for MSMW2020, however with the escalating situation, the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend team are currently in discussion with all parties involved in delivering MSMW 2020 to agree the best course of action and we will confirm our plans as soon as possible. In the meantime, please check the Nice Work Website for their statement about all their events.

We are committed to finding the best solution for our participants, volunteers, partners, and the Mid Sussex community and will keep you updated as this situation develops.

For latest information on COVD-19, please visit the government website.

Hurst Team are taking part in MSMW2020!

Pupil and staff wellbeing is of paramount importance at Hurst College and informs our decision-making at every level. We believe that good mental health is the basis for a happy and successful life at school and beyond. Our dedicated Director of Staff and Pupil Wellbeing works closely with pastoral leaders and all other staff across the college.

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Mid Sussex Marathon this year and will have a team of runners taking part. Follow us on Twitter to find out how they get on.