Businesses go crazy at charity sportathon


The first Crazy Rockinghorse Sportathon saw a dozen businesses compete in a series of unique challenges all in the name of charity.

Held at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove (home of Sussex County Cricket Club) last week (Friday 23 September), each team of six pitted their wits, sporting prowess and teamwork skills against 20 challenging mini games in a bid to win a bespoke two feet high trophy (donated by Tom Fell Blacksmiths) which was awarded to the Crazy Rockinghorse Sportathon champions.

Kindly sponsored by Focus Group – who went on to win the Sportathon (pictured above) – competitors participated in events including melon shot put, Bhutanese darts, pole walking and a sumo suit relay race. The all-day charity challenge for corporates was designed and directed by Sussex based adventurer and leadership coach Neil Laughton of Laughton & Co, with event organiser Gemma King of Vivid Marketing, both volunteering their time and expertise to support Rockinghorse.

The event was compered by local entertainer Tom Foolery, with additional entertainment provided by UK Beatbox Championship finalist BeatFox, whose beatboxing talents have seen him tour with Jessie J. BNI Hove Albion were awarded runners-up with XoomTalk Ltd taking third place and Skyfall Restaurant in Hove in fourth. Justin Lloyd Estate Agents of Brighton were recognised on the day for their outstanding fundraising efforts. Other businesses taking part included; The Grand Brighton, MotoFX Sign-writers, Matthew Murphy Electrical, Palmer Capital and Lightfoot LED.

Neil Laughton, Founder of the Crazy Rockinghorse Sportathon, said: “My congratulations to our deserved winners (and event sponsors) Focus Group and I’m delighted that funds raised have exceeded £6,000 for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity with donations still coming in.”

Funds raised from the Crazy Rockinghorse Sportathon will be donated towards a special sensory room project for young people who use the services provided by Drove Road. The centre offers residential and short breaks for children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. The room will provide a multi-sensory experience for young people to enjoy, explore and learn in.

Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse, said: “Our thanks to Neil and Gemma for choosing to support us and creating such a wonderfully unique event. The money raised from the event will help us to make a real difference to the lives of children we support at the Drove Road centre in Portslade.”

Special thanks to all the Sussex businesses who kindly supported the Crazy Rockinghorse Sportathon, including; Laughton & Co, Vivid Marketing, Sussex County Cricket Club, Focus Group, Seico Insurance Group, Platinum Business Magazine, L&S Printing, Tom Fell Blacksmiths, Tom Foolery, BeatFox, Appleyard Events, ODM Stationers, Preston Insurance Brokers, FTA Global and What could you win?

To register your interest in the event next year (date TBC) please email

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