Runner’s stories 2020

Here’s how jezzaruns got on during the MSMW 2020 Virtual Race!

All set for tomorrow solo 10 miles to kickstart my @midsussexmarathon weekend fundraising for Heads On Charity .

Day 1 complete – a relaxing solo 10 miles.

All set as tomorrow brings Day 2 of @midsussexmarathon – a steady 10 miles on the trails and more fundraising for Heads On Charity.

Day 2 @midsussexmarathon complete – solo 10 miles on the trails and another £50 pledged for Heads On Charity.

All set for tomorrow Day 3 of my @midsussexmarathon weekend and a chance to raise funds for Heads On Charity and the opportunity to talk about mental health . Together we can break the stigma , prevent suicide and say no to bullies . The feet will do the talking.

Day 3 @midsussexmarathonweekend 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.

Happy to receive my medals for the virtual @midsussexmarathon and a big thank you to the organisers @niceworkrun . Hopefully see you all next year in person. “

Massive well done Jezza, you did amazing!!! We will be looking forward to seeing you in 2021!!

Support Our Charity Partner, NSPCC!


All you need to do is Sign up now to one of our races and set up a just giving page to start raising funds for NSPCC.

Every mile and every pound really will make a difference. If you would like an NSPCC t-shirt to wear during your challenge, please email and we will send one to you!

Here’s Why….


Child abuse is preventable, not inevitable. That’s why, every day, NSPCC work to protect children, prevent abuse and make child abuse a thing of the past. As the UK’s leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse, they’ve remained committed to this mission for over 100 years.

But all this is only possible with your support. As an independent charity, which receives around 90% of its funding from supporters, NSPCC rely on the support of people like you to make sure they can keep every child who needs them safe. Every pound raised and every penny received will help make sure they can reach more children.

Find out more about what you can do.

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


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 All the results will be collated into a leader board to show overall and age category winners. 


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.

Keep Active with our Weekly Top Tips!

Now the Virtual MSMW 2020 Race is over, We want to help you keep race ready, so here is the first in our series of useful tips.

We all know the health benefits of physical activity and it’s as important as ever during social distancing. Here’s how you can stay active, remain physically fit and maintain positive mental health: 


Most of us have less structure to our daily routines, especially if working from home. Keep a regular routine with your workouts to frame your day and ensure that you do not skip out on exercise. 


This is a great way to stay motivated and keep on track to achieve what you desire.



Whether you have five minutes or twenty, spending a few minutes first thing in the morning stretching out and mobilising the joints and muscles can be very beneficial for both the mind and body.


Throughout the lockdown period, The Government have recognised the importance of outdoor activity. As restrictions ease, there is more opportunity to exercise outdoors, so continue to make time each day for some outdoor activity.

Of course running it is one of the most efficient ways to workout. If you’re not a runner, walking can provide similar health benefits.


Find a friend to participate in a virtual workout program with you. This will keep you motivated and is a great way to stay social while maintaining social distancing.

Online workout, home workout


There are many home fitness apps and websites available that allow for all different types of workouts from home strength training to yoga and maybe even high intensity interval training! 


Running with dog

This is a great way to keep exercise fun whilst spending quality time with your pet.

Let us know how you get on by commenting on our facebook page or twitter feed!

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.

Fancy a pre MSMW2020 warm up event?

Lindfield Village Run 2020 Sunday 17th May 2020

The Lindfield Village Run 2020 offers you an opportunity to warm up with a 10K or 5K a week prior to running in The MSMW 2020.

Race Start Times: 10K starts at 10.30am. 5K starts at 10:45am.

The Lindfield Village Run is now a well-established event which sets out two cross county runs: a 10k Village Run and a 5k Family Fun Run. Both take place mostly on paths and tracks through the West Sussex countryside in the immediate vicinity of the village of Lindfield. It has often been described as an old-fashioned cross-country run with plenty of multi-terrain, some slippery surfaces and the odd cow in fields!

The Run starts and finishes at HICKMANS LANE RECREATION GROUND in Lindfield where this local fundraising event, takes on the feel of a professional run on Sunday 17th May 2020. The volunteer community organisers from the King Edward Hall committee arrange everything the runners need to have an enjoyable yet competitive morning run-out in the countryside.

This years’ event is no exception to the excellent standards set by the team. Runners can enjoy:

· Easy online booking for both 5K and 10K events – NOW OPEN!

· Professional timing chips giving each runner an accurate start and finish time

· Fully marshalled and sign-posted routes for both 10K and 5K routes

· Colour coded race numbers for the 5K/10K runners so supporters can easily identify them and cheer on encouragement

· Secure bag storage tented village for all competitors

· Refreshments available for all from Slake coffee shop

· Warm up facilities provided by Potential Personal Training

· Physio facilities on hand from Six Physio team

· Medals for every participant, no matter what their time

· Free water stations around the courses

Online registration is NOW OPEN and available to book your race place. Visit for more information and access to the race entry booking system.

On the day registration will open between 8.30am-10am. However, we strongly advise you book online in advance to guarantee your place. We’re expecting up to 1000 runners this year, so don’t miss out! NOTE: Runners arriving after 10am will not be able to collect their number. Arrive early, soak up the atmosphere and relax before the run starts. Allow plenty of time to find a place to park!