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After a successful debut in 2018, this scenic and challenging 30k multi-terrain race returns for a second time on Sunday 8th September 2019.

Starting and finishing in the medieval town of Rye, 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 will keep you going to the finish.

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 its final 5km stretch.

The Rye Ancient Trails 30k/15k is organised jointly by Nice Work and Rye Runners, raising money for the Oliver Curd Trust.

Why not make a weekend of it? On Friday 6th September, the long-established Rye Summer Classic 5k takes place at Rye Harbour and you can join Rye Runners’ regular coached 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 Rye Runners, click here.

The date for the 2020 Rye Ancient Trails Race is Sunday 13th December. Entries open soon!

Feedback on our Facebook page from last year’s runners…

‘A joy to race’

‘The best marshals ever’

‘The best trail race I’ve ever done’

‘The course is the perfect blend of beauty and brawn’

‘I’ll be back next year’

‘I’ve never eaten so much bread pudding’

‘A great run. What kept me going was the signage’

‘A wonderful event. Well done to all of the organisers  – not an easy event to plan’