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!

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!” https://www.facebook.com/100009878320083/videos/1174433126229287

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

Burgess Hill 5K & 10K

The final day of Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend is usually situated in the fast growing town of Burgess Hill!

Burgess Hill is a town and civil parish located in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England, close to the border with East Sussex, on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

This year, you may not be able to run The Burgess Hill 10K but can still complete the event virtually and will be awarded the Burgess Hill Medal for completing either a 10 K or 5 K. Alternatively, you might like to try the 1 Mile or the 1K Family Fun Run!

Complete the distance in any location near to you, or even at home if you can’t go out. You can run, walk, skip or cycle your chosen distance!

The choice is yours!

Earn your quality medal, raise money for your chosen charity, get outdoors and challenge yourself!

Sign up now, you have until 28th June 2020 to enter and until 1st July 2020 to complete your distance!

If you live in the Burgess Hill area, here’s a few suggestions for local places to run and walk;

Before setting off, do check they are open and remember to follow the latest government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Take a look back at our photo’s from last years events!

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Hayward’s Heath 10 Miles & 5 Miles

Day 2 of The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend usually takes place in the thriving town of Hayward’s Heath, in the heart of Mid Sussex. Here we start in the lovely Victoria Park and runners continue through beautiful rural lanes and secluded woodland paths.

 The Town can trace it’s origins back to 1544 but the completion of the London and Brighton Railway Line in 1841 marked the rapid expansion of Hayward’s Heath.

This year, you may not be able to run The Hayward’s Heath 10 Mile but can still complete the event virtually and will bag the Hayward’s Heath Medal for completing either a 10 Mile or 5 Mile. Alternatively, you might like to try the 1 Mile or the 1K Family Fun Run!

Complete the distance in any location near to you, or even at home if you can’t go out. You can run, walk, skip or cycle your chosen distance!

The choice is yours!

Sign up now, you have until 28th June 2020 to enter and until 1st July 2020 to complete your distance!

If you live in the Hayward’s Heath area, here’s a few suggestions for local places to run and walk;

Before setting off, do check they are open and remember to follow the latest government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Take a look back at our photo’s from last years events!

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East Grinstead 10 Miles & 5 Miles

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend usually kicks off in the beautiful medieval market town of East Grinstead, situated within reach of Gatwick Airport, London, Ashdown Forest and the South Coast. It is an ideal base from which to explore the South East and run the EG 10 Mile event through the historic surroundings of East Grinstead.

This year, you may not be able to run in East Grinstead but can still complete the event virtually and will be awarded the East Grinstead Medal for completing either 10 miles or 5 miles. Alternatively, you might like to try the 1 Mile or the 1K Family Fun Run!

Complete the distance in any location near to you, or even at home if you can’t go out. You can run, walk, skip or cycle your chosen distance!

The choice is yours!

Sign up now, you have until 28th June 2020 to enter and until 1st July 2020 to complete your distance!

If you live in the East Grinstead area, here’s a few suggestions for local places to run and walk;

Before setting off, do check they are open and remember to follow the latest government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Take a look back at our photo’s from last year’s events!

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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 !