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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……….


Check out our amazing runner stories from 2019!


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!



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 😊”


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!”

“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!

MSMW 2020 Virtual Race T-Shirt

Get kitted out for your virtual race and celebrate your MSMW 2020 Marathon achievement with our stylish and eco conscious T Shirts. This product is constructed from 100% organic cotton and printed in the UK in a renewable energy-powered factory, in keeping with this years mission to reduce the environmental impact and improve sustainability of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend.

We have men’s, unisex, women’s crew neck and children’s T shirts in a variety of colours to suit everyone. Prices start from just £20!

Leave nothing but footprints and remember your experience with this great memento!

Get your organic cotton, sustainable MSMW 2020 T shirts today!

Paintings from your photos

Transform your favourite race photos into personal pen paintings, by Kat, the very talented artist at White Rabbit Events, who created the design for our fabulous bespoke medals.

Kat is offering hand drawn “pen” paintings of Finishers favourite photos from your virtual race. If you have a photo of yourself, a captured moment or even of your route and you would like to see it bought to life, contact Kat for your own personal piece of Artwork.

Prices start from £30 for A5 – A4 sized commissions.

Get your’s now!

Contact Kat at

Want to know more about this years bespoke medal design?

We are delighted to hear so many of you love the MSMW 2020 medals. We’d like to say a massive thank you to White Rabbit Events for the fabulous design.

Read on to find out more about White Rabbit Events, the artist, Kat, and how she went about designing these incredible medals!

About white rabbit events by Medal designer Kat

One of the services offered by White Rabbit Events is bespoke, in-house medal and logo design. I (Kat) am an artist who creates from the heart, to capture imagination and inspire those who I reach – from organisers to recipients.

From start to finish my design process focuses on bringing the core of the event or brand to life. I spend time researching and discussing the background and history of an event with the client, really getting to understand their journey, passion and goals. Above all, I want the finished design to make my clients and their awesome recipients to feel inspired, proud and a part of something special.

How kat created the design for msmw 2020 medals

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020 medal vision was to create a design which was unique, commemorative and captured the spirit of the event. MSMW is one of a kind, with 3 different races, over 3 days in 3 Mid Sussex towns (under normal circumstances!). This event really brings these communities together, working with local leisure centres and businesses, responsibly showcasing the scenic environment each town has to offer, supporting charities along with providing races for all of the family and a supportive volunteer team!

To capture the importance of the environment and community, I chose historical landmarks / places of interest from each town and together with MSMW organisers and the respective Councils, we agreed that these places reflected the community spirit in each town. They each play an important role and are places that each area is proud of. This fits the ethos of MSMW perfectly.

I then set about creating the design so that the elements would look detailed and striking, both individually and when they are overlaid as the Marathon or Half Marathon Finishers set. Myself and the MSMW team are very proud of the results and we’re really enjoying seeing the worthy recipients showing them off!

Kat is now busy planning something else very exciting for MSMW 2020 runners, so watch this space for further details!

If you haven’t signed up and want to grab one or all of these bespoke medals, you still can! You have until the 28th June to sign up and until the 1st July to complete your distance!

We love hearing your stories

Thank you to everyone who has tagged #MSMW2020 and shared their MSMW 2020 running stories. We miss seeing you all this year, so we really love hearing from you and it’s great to see so many of you enjoying the Virtual challenge!

Here are just some of the comments we’ve received:

Mark Raven “All done. Loved having a new challenge, so happy that you kept it going as a virtual race. Day 1 Ardingly Reservoir 10m, Day 2 Weir Wood Reservoir 10m , today West Hoathly 10k trail. Tried to replicate the real thing and made each day hilly and today just as hot as last year.”

Samantha Day “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!”

James Munden “Day 3 done 26.2 done 😁 day 3 I was joined by Emily but she didn’t put much effort in mainly asleep!”

Becky Workman “Thanks for enabling us to do this remotely this year. Looking forward to receiving the gorgeous medals”

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!”

Ian Highland ”All done, 2 HM’s in 3 days. Just the motivation I needed. Thank you.”

The MSMW 2020 Team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone supporting MSMW2020 and making it such a success!

If you haven’t already, sign up now! What have you got to loose! Remember to post your pictures and tag #MSMW2020

Here’s a shout out for Hurst College House Fundraising events.

We’ve heard from MSMW 2020 sponsors, Hurstpierpoint College, who have been doing some amazing fundraising throughout lockdown. Read on to find out more!

Senior school students from across the year groups have been following the school mantra Work hard, do good and engage whilst having fun by taking part in house fundraising events from home during the lockdown learning period.

Fundraising for Brighton and Sussex Hospitals.

The girls from Martlet House produced a Lockdown Cookbook, compiled from recipes they enjoyed making, to raise funds for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Charitable Funds. They smashed their target of £500 three times over by raising more than £1500 and each person who donated was sent an electronic copy of the cookbook. A representative from the charity said: “Thanks to everyone who was involved with the Lockdown Cookbook. It is wonderful to have the support of people like you particularly at this time with staff on the front line working so hard to keep us safe. This great idea has raised a tasty sum!”

Quiz night for the NHS.

Star Housemaster Owain Jones organised a quiz night for the boys and their families which raised more than £640 for NHS Charities Together.

Do good challenge.

There was also a ‘do good’ challenge, when the boys were asked to do something kind for other people and the winner delivered food packages on his quad bike to the vulnerable people in his community.

Ultra marathon for NSPCC.

The girls of Pelican House are in the final week of their virtual fundraising challenge of walking, running, cycling, riding or swimming from the old Pelican House to John O’Groats and returning to the new Pelican House. This 2344km (1456 miles) ultra marathon is in aid of the NSPCC (partners of the Mid-Sussex Marathon) and Rise – so far £600 has been raised for the NSPCC and £1630 for Rise. Eight girls across the year groups have also been making face masks for patients of the Agora Fertility Clinic in Brighton. Head Guardian Jessie explained: “Pelican decided to fundraise for these charities because both protect those who suffer from domestic abuse, which is a particularly important issue during lockdown. National statistics have shown a huge increase in violence with 49% more calls to the national domestic abuse helpline. The NSPCC was chosen as a nationwide organisation focusing on children in abusive and violent homes; and Rise as a local Brighton-based charity, which focuses on helping all those affected by domestic abuse in Sussex.”

1000KM for Save the Children.

Wolf girls also opted for a charity walk, run, swim, cycle or ride but they chose the more traditional route from John O’Groats to Lands End, covering 1000km in three days. Fifty students and staff covered 20km each and their target of raising £1000 for Save the Children, which equalled £1 for every kilometre covered, was well and truly beaten, totalling almost £1200 to date.

1000 Miles for Burgess Hill Food Bank.

Not to be outdone, the staff body launched the Hurst Staff Charity Challenge and set themselves an original target of travelling 1000 miles by running, walking, cycling, rowing or swimming to raise £1000 for the Burgess Hill Community Food Bank, which supports local families in need. As the number of miles ramped up swiftly, the target was reassessed and raised to 2000 miles and then again to 4000 miles. More than 60 staff have contributed miles so far.

We think you are all incredible and deserve to be very proud of your achievements, congratulations from the MSMW 2020 team!