Our Lidl NSPCC Messathon Day!


*This is a sponsored post by Lidl. We were given press passes to the experience. All photos and words are honest and of my own. #ad


Have you been following our Facebook and Instagram recently? Well, we’ve been invited to the Lidl NSPCC Messathon! Yep, the name said it all. This messathon is ideal for my two messiest kids in the world!


This was held in Birmingham, my In-laws’ home town. This was the perfect chance to catch up with our cousins, plus as they are such a sporty family – they were also invited to take part too! We traveled to Birmingham on Saturday and stayed for the night. E&E gotten on with their kids so well. They were instant besties!



Lidl’s involvement with NSPCC.

Lidl have partnered with the NSPCC and have pledge to raising £3 million over the next 3 years for the NSPCC’s Schools Service. Through this partnership, they are helping the UK’s leading children’s charity to reach over a million primary school children through its Speak out. Stay safe. programme, giving a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.



Lidl’s funding is supporting NSPCC volunteers (and their friendly mascot Buddy) to deliver interactive workshops and assemblies in primary schools up and down the country, teaching children about what abuse is, that they should never worry in silence, that abuse is never their fault and who to turn to if they need to speak out.

Since the partnership began in April 2017 they’ve been busy raising these vital funds in all sorts of fun and creative ways, Messathon is one of them. Every single penny you give will help children. They are looking for families who love fun and outdoor challenges to take part in the NSPCC Messathon. So don’t worry if you have missed out this year, I hear there will be another next year as well! But if you can’t wait that long, then do check out NSPCC’s other charity walks, treks and challenges fundraising event page here. There is something for everybody!



Our Lidl NSPCC Messathon Day!

The next morning, our cousins drove us to the event at Sandwell Valley Country Park. It was really easy to find and the atmosphere had really pumped up our adrenaline ready for the 3K race.

Our start was at 10am and we arrived just 5 minutes before the start time. We quickly dumped all our stuffs with our cousin’s husband (sorry!) and ran to the registration area, got our wristbands and t-shirts, then we sprint to the warm up area. It was a close call, but we made it! (You can catch our warm up highlights in our Facebook Live!). We had a lot of fun at warm up time. Team England and Great Britain rhythmic gymnast Mimi-Isabella Cesar was there help gear everyone up and hand out medals at the end of the race too.

We were let into the race – one team at a time, so that we don’t all go tumbling out all at once. I thought this was well organised and considerate for the little ones. Each team also had a little interview just at the start line. Err… we, however, were a little unprepared and had forgotten to give our team a name, so we quickly had to think of something up on the spot. We decided on – “The Wonder Kids!” Team.



Meet the “The Wonder Kids!” Team


The race started off with a run on the field and then bean bag balancing act on the head and a few climbing frames and obstacles across a field. So yes, it was quite a trek all round, but the atmosphere was very relax as you can walk as well as run.



Throughout, we had quite a few surprises with people hiding in the bushes and just sprung out from nowhere with colour splashing on us! It was really funny as the kids and adults were trying to dodge the paint. Of-course, most were unsuccessful and got absolutely covered in multi-coloured paint!




Ethan was mostly zooming off in the far distant. He clearly doesn’t know what team-work is. lol! 😉 Evelyn did have a little bit of a moan of being tired whilst we were walking in the middle of a field, but thank goodness for lots of water points so we can refreshed ourselves throughout keeping her going for the next exciting obstacle.

When it came the waterslide, Evelyn opted for a cat walk instead, which was rather cute and hilariously funny at the same time.

The Mud Pool – both E&E weren’t sure at first about getting into the muddy pool until I did it myself which they quickly followed. They loved it so much and said that it reminds them of Pepper Pig jumping in muddy puddles.


The Bubble Pool – at this point both E&E loved it so much they didn’t want to leave! lol! All in all, we did the race in just over an hour. I thought that it was not bad of a time, not that we were keeping time on of it or anything. 😉 But I must say I am super prove of both of my kiddos and our cousins too. It was our first for everyone and everyone did extremely well.



At the end of the race, just in case – you don’t get messy enough, there is a paint throwing session – designed just for you! (Please keep in mind paint could get into the eyes, so wearing some kind of eye protection such as sunglasses or goggle is advisable, as Evelyn did right at the end, but she was very brave and did not cry which was such a relief.)


And of-course the most friendliest staffs will present you and the kiddos your very own medal at the end, to keep as pride possession forever, to remind you of your achievements and what great course you’ve help raised awareness of, with such fun memories have been made for all!




The well organised event had provided us with changing spaces, next to a freebies stall of wet wipes, hand sanitising gel, and washing up liquid tablet stall. This was rather handy as you can imagine a little privacy goes along way. Plus, there was a man giving out free Lidl tea towel too! We like freebies! 😉




Since it was such a beautiful day, our cousins treated us a pre-ready picnic. If, however, you fancy, there are food trailers selling delicious hot and cold food from Lidl, pizza, and coffee is also available too. The kids obviously didn’t have enough exercise and did more running around the field where we had the picnic on the haystack, watching and cheering on other participants in the race from the big screen.




If that wasn’t enough exercise, our cousins also took us for a little tour for more kids’ actions at the HUGE playgrounds next to Sandwell Valley Country Park. Gosh! I really thought E&E would have already been worn out and be sleeping on the returning train journey home, but nope – they were awake throughout the three hours journey I had to endured! Yeay! Lucky me!


We had such a lovely time at the Lidl NSPCC Messathon as well as catching up with our cousins. The kids have said they’d love to do it again next year. So watch this space!! Perhaps, some of our Birmingham friends could come and join us next year too? How exciting is this to see so many taking part, spending fun quality time together as well as raising money for a brillant cause.


Here our capture of our day on film!

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Have you done something similar to Messathon? How did you find it? Would Messathon be something you would consider taking part next year? Do let us know in the comment below. We’d love to hear all about it.


Thank you so much for reading,

Su x





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Our Lidl NSPCC Messathon Day!


*This is a sponsored post by Lidl. We were given press passes to the experience. All photos and words are honest and of my own. #ad


There are many more photos taken on the day, please do follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more!

This post is linked with: #KCACOLS#mainylovessummer

Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 03/08/2018 / 2:35 pm

    Wow this looks amazing. So fun and for such a good cause. Looks like you all had a wonderful day. #FabFriday

    • 07/08/2018 / 10:58 pm

      Oh! We all certainly did. My kids loved it so much, they are asking to do it again next year too!

  2. 04/08/2018 / 8:49 pm

    Looks like such a fab event. We will join you next year 🙂 The bubble pool looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing #FabFridayPost

    • 07/08/2018 / 10:59 pm

      Yeay! Would you like to join “The Wonder Kids” team with us too. It would be such fun! 😀 xx

  3. 04/08/2018 / 11:06 pm

    It looks like a fab day out I woul go just for the bubbles #fabfridaypost

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:00 pm

      Haha! Yes, just come for the bubbles, the other things is a plus right?! 😉 xx

  4. Ashley
    06/08/2018 / 12:52 am

    OMG that looks so fun. I have 4 messy boys and I am sure they would have loved that especially the bubble pool! Messy fun is the best

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:02 pm

      Yes! This would be perfect for them all to get messy. I absolutely agree with you there – Messy fun is the best! 😀

  5. 06/08/2018 / 6:35 am

    I love reading about all the cool things parents do in the UK. It is really refreshing to see and somethings we just don’t see or have access to in the US. This looked like a lot of fun!

    I think the message of the fundraiser is amazing too. I love that the views and focus is much different there. Thanks for sharing! #FabFridayPost

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:04 pm

      How interesting. I would have thought there would be more type of things like this in the US. I think we are pretty much like to get down and dirty! lol! For a great cause – of course. 😉 x

  6. Daisy
    06/08/2018 / 3:21 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks like such a super fun day!!! I would adore doing this with my family! I’m sure my messy kiddos would love this too!

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:24 pm

      It was super fun! Lots of laughter and giggles we all had on the day together. Do join us next year if you can. 🙂 x

  7. 06/08/2018 / 6:36 pm

    What a blast! Looks like you and your family had a great time! I’ve taken part in a color run where you get colored chalk thrown on you and it was super fun!

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:28 pm

      Yes! We also did colour run two weeks before this event too. (Still need to write about that! lol! 😉 ) But honestly, this is way much more fun than just the colour run. That’s what my kids are saying and they want to participate again next year too. Go Team us! 😀

  8. 06/08/2018 / 7:44 pm

    oh okay. 3K is not that bad for a kid. They could do that and have fun doing something healthy and productive in no time. I love this. Very cool!

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:30 pm

      It is rather cool isn’t it. They are so super proud of their medals they received at the end.

  9. Elizabeth O
    07/08/2018 / 3:55 pm

    This looks like a great event. It seems like you had so much fun and raised a lot of awareness for the fundraiser too!

    • 07/08/2018 / 11:33 pm

      Yes, we do hope that this event get a wide spread of awareness. It is such a great cause to be helping for. & The event was one of the best day with the kids ever!

  10. 09/08/2018 / 6:07 am

    This is such a fabulous cause NSPCC care for which is really important for kids. Don’t need tell how much fun event it would have been. I would love to join too

    • 16/08/2018 / 5:17 pm

      Yes! Do come along for next year event.It would be fantastic for you to join! 🙂 xx

  11. 09/08/2018 / 1:06 pm

    I miss those days when I used to participate in marathons. I loved it. Just loved it. Keep it up.

    • 16/08/2018 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks Monidipa. I used to do a lot of sports pre-kids. It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done anything like this. And it proves I still love it!

  12. 09/08/2018 / 5:17 pm

    I am not usually a fan of running but with the added fun of being covered in multi-coloured paint and jumping in muddy pools I would happily join in with the messathon 🙂 #KCACOLS

  13. 09/08/2018 / 7:32 pm

    This sounds so fun and such a great cause #kcacols

    • 16/08/2018 / 5:21 pm

      It was indeed! We had such a lovely time spending it with the family.

  14. 10/08/2018 / 9:43 am

    Oh I could see my two boys loving this day! I hadn’t heard of it before but we would love to do it if it was in travelling distance for us. Mine would be the same and just keep on running even in the break time.
    Thanks so much for raising the awareness of this event and for bringing it to #mainylovessummer
    Mainy x

    • 16/08/2018 / 5:27 pm

      lol! So funny! Kids just have loads of energy don’t they. Thank you for having me and hosting too. x

  15. Margaret Gallagher
    12/08/2018 / 10:03 pm

    Amazing experience – your pictures say it all – so wirthwhile too

  16. 12/08/2018 / 10:34 pm

    What a great event! It looks like so much fun, I don’t think I would want to leave the bubbles either! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • 16/08/2018 / 5:29 pm

      Haha! If I had my way then I wouldn’t either. 😉 Thank you for having me and hosting too. x

  17. 16/08/2018 / 8:32 pm

    Great cause and a great time too, clearly! Loving the bubbles. #kcacols

  18. 17/08/2018 / 12:08 am

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I would love to get more involved with the NSPCC and arrange something for the children in this part of the country as this is a part of Britain in socio economic decline #KCACOLS

  19. 20/08/2018 / 7:14 pm

    Well, it does look messy, but it also seems much fun, and hey, anything for a good cause. I bet that the parents were the more tired by the end of the event, weren’t they?

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