THE 10TH MID SUSSEX VIRTUAL MARATHON & HALF MARATHON WEEKEND 1ST-31ST MAY 2021.
Due to the on-going pandemic, the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend will now be a virtual event once again.
Simon Adby, Race Director said “Our highest priority is the service and experience we provide to our runners and we did not deem it possible to confidently plan a live event with there still being so much uncertainty about the circumstances within which we would be able to operate. Substantial investment is required a minimum of 6 months in advance of staging a live 3-day event and being a not-for-profit event we deemed the current uncertainty to be too much of a risk.
Despite all the odds, The Virtual Mid Sussex Marathon in 2020 was a complete success, with over 400 people taking part, most managing the full 26.2 miles over the month. The flexibility provided the challenge needed for serious runners whilst giving people who never would have believed they would complete a marathon a chance to experience the exhilarating feeling of achieving something amazing.” He added. “This is the 10th year so we want even more people to get involved. We don’t mind how old you are, how experienced you are or even how you do it! Walk, run, hop, skip or in a Wheelchair its up to you, and the more creative, the better!“
As challenging as ever, runners complete a marathon or half marathon distance during May 2021. For the full Mid Sussex Marathon experience, this can be completed over 3 consecutive days (Marathon: 10 mile, 10 mile, 10 km; Half Marathon: 5 mile, 5 mile, 5 km), or take the challenge at your own pace across the whole month.
Participants will receive a fabulous Mid Sussex Marathon T-Shirt and our coveted 3-part medal!
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!
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?
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
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!
ALL WE ASK IS THAT YOU COMPLETE YOUR CHALLENGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.
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.
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