Teachers Complete Olympic Challenge

Posted: 12th 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.


A selection of the walkers and their families
Some of the dogs who helped their owners complete the challenge


The Olympic Challenge is the second virtual challenge teachers 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.”


A selection of the runners and cyclists including organiser Ros Clayson (bottom left)


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!”