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.