The Rye Ancient Trails is back for a third year on Sunday, September 13th 2020. This scenic and challenging 30km multi-terrain race starts and finishes in the medieval town of Rye, East Sussex. The single-lap route winds its way through ancient woodland, orchards and farmland on trails, footpaths and quiet country lanes, linking the Norman churches of Rye, Iden, Beckley, Northiam and Peasmarsh – a true steeplechase!

The undulating multi-terrain route (75% off-road) includes 1,500ft of climb, with numerous gates and stiles to be negotiated – but the stunning scenery and well-stocked aid stations (homemade bread pudding, anyone?) will keep you going to the finish.

And if you are not up for the full 30k, there is a 15k option, too – sharing the same start and finish. The two routes diverge at Peasmarsh, with the 15k rejoining the 30k route for the final 5km stretch.

“A magnificent event to compliment the stunning
heritage of its host town.” Ben, 2019

The Rye Ancient Trails 30k/15k is organised jointly by Nice Work and Running Forever, raising money for the Oliver Curd Trust. More than 400 runners joined us in 2019, so don’t delay – entries are open now.

“Loved it! My favourite race to date. Absolutely brilliant course with mix of farmland, woodland, orchards and country lanes.” Jo, 2019

If you are visiting Rye for the race, why not make a weekend of it? On Friday 11th September, the long-established Rye Summer Classic 5k takes place at Rye Harbour – and you can join Running Forever’s coached Rye Runners session on Saturday morning ahead of the big day on Sunday. To view details of the Rye Summer Classic 5k, check out the Nice Work website here. To find out more about Running Forever, click here.

“The course is the perfect blend of beauty and brawn.”
Runner’s World Magazine, 2018