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).

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!

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.

Another New Sponsor for MSMW2020!

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend couldn’t take place without the generous support of our sponsors and partners and so we are very happy to announce Roche Diagnostics UK & Ireland will be joint official sponsors of MSMW2020, partnering with the event for the first time!

We would like to thank Roche Diagnostics UK & Ireland and Hurst for their commitment to the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020.

Who are Hurst?

Interested in finding out more about our sponsors Hurst College?

Hurst College is a thriving independent school located within a 140-acre campus in West Sussex and offers a through-school education from Pre-Prep to Sixth Form.

With a vibrant, dynamic community, the college provides exceptional facilities for learning, placing huge importance on providing an excellent all-round education, with a strong academic core for every child. Academic excellence is the foundation of a Hurst education, but Hurst also offers extensive sporting, cultural, intellectual and social programmes, to help pupils develop key skills, qualities and values for life.

Academically selective, but not aggressively so, the school has an excellent track record, with improved year-on-year examination results, and the vast majority of pupils go on to Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

The college achieved its strongest ever set of results at GCSE and A-level last Summer and was at the top of the rankings for GCSE and A-level value-added scores amongst UK independent schools – a key metric for parents who want their child “to do their best”. Hurst’s philosophy is to celebrate individual performance in all aspects of life, judging each student’s success against their own potential. The college was awarded excellent grades in all categories at its most recent ISI full inspection.

Hurst offers both day and boarding options (from Year 9) to enable families to choose which option suits them and their children best. The college’s balanced 21st century boarding approach means there is a choice of flexi (three nights) and weekly (five nights), both of which provide a healthy work-home balance, as pupils make the most of the educational and co-curricular opportunities during the week, leaving weekends free for quality family time.

In short, Hurst College aims to develop confident, successful, independent individuals with a good sense of themselves and the world around them, who will succeed in their lives whatever route they choose to take.

Find out more here!

New Sponsors Announced for MSMW 2020

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend couldn’t take place without the generous support of our sponsors and partners and so we are very happy to announce Hurst College as joint official sponsors of MSMW2020, partnering with the event for the first time! They will partner another sponsor to be announced soon!

We would like to thank Hurst for their commitment to the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020.

Date Announced for MSMW 2020!

Following a recent announcement , the early May Bank Holiday date will be moved to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, therefore we have decided to move the date of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2020 to the late bank holiday weekend in May.

We can confirm the event will now take place on the following dates;

Saturday 23rd May 2020: East Grinstead 10 Mile

Sunday 24th May 2020: Haywards Heath 10 Mile

Monday 25th May 2020: Burgess Hill 10K

The Mid Sussex Family Fun Run and Junior Mile Races will also take place on each day of the event.

Don’t forget our early bird offer is still open until the end of August 2019, so why not enter now?

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Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries regarding the change of date.

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2 lucky runners win a pair of Aftershokz bone conduction headphones

We are delighted to announce Gary Amor from Burgess Hill Runners was selected at random to win a pair of aftershokz bone conduction headphones at todays Haywards Heath 10 Mile Race.

Natalie Hayes is also the lucky winner of the online competition.

Congratulations to you both, we look forward to presenting your prizes. Please make yourself known at the registration desk at tomorrows Burgess Hill 10K.

Be part of a fabulous Community Event

Hosted by the respective Town Councils in East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend brings together local volunteers, businesses, community groups and organisations, as well as families and individuals.

In addition to the Marathon series, a fun run and one mile race will take place on each day of the event. Offering something for families, children and adults the event presents a perfect fund raising opportunity for causes close to your heart.

If you would like to volunteer to help out at the event or have a local business and want to get involved, please get in touch

Win a pair of AfterSHOKZ bone conduction headphones

Fancy winning a pair of AfterSHOKZ bone conductionheadphones? Simply tag a friend who you think should enter The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend and add the tags #MidSussexMarathonWeekend and #AfterShokz to enter! The winner will be picked at random during the Haywards Heath 10 Mile Race on 5th May 2019. Best of luck! #competitionprize #winner