Teachers Complete Burgess Hill to Tokyo Olympic Challenge

22 Jul 2021

Teachers and staff at Burgess Hill Girls have completed a virtual challenge to run, walk, cycle, swim, and row from Burgess Hill to Tokyo in time for the start of the 2020 Olympics on 23rd July 2021.

55 teachers and staff at Burgess Hill Girls have joined forces to run, walk, cycle, swim, and row the equivalent distance from Burgess Hill, England to Tokyo, Japan, 9,609 kilometres. Many of the participants also combined their contributions with other activities such as playing football, netball, golf, cross-training and, most popular of all, walking with their families and dogs.

The Olympic Challenge is the second virtual challenge teachers at the Sussex Independent School have successfully completed this year. In March 2021, a team of ten teachers from the Prep School completed the equivalent distance from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Both challenges were organised by Reception class teacher Ros Clayson:

“I have loved every minute of taking part in the challenges. Being separated because of the pandemic and keeping safe in our bubbles means many of us have not seen or spoken to each other in person in the last year. The school spirit throughout these virtual challenges has brought us all together and made us feel a little closer.”

Head of Burgess Hill Girls Liz Laybourn also took part in the Olympic challenge:

“Regular exercise and exploring nature are two vital components of the all-encompassing education we offer at Burgess Hill Girls. It is wonderful to see so many staff practising what we preach. It does not surprise me that our amazing team has risen to the challenges of the past year by adding other challenges on top!”