You’ll find the race HQ on the playing field behind Rye Sports Centre, The Grove, Rye TN31 7ND. It will be clearly signposted from local car parks in the town. This is where both races will finish. Visit the race HQ for bag drop, late entries, toilet facilities (note there are also public toilets opposite Rye train station) and general enquiries. From here it’s just a five-minute walk to the race start.
Start and Finish
Both the 30K and 15K start right in the centre of the town, outside The George in Rye hotel on the high street. The start will be clearly signposted from the race HQ.
Both events finish on the playing field. There will be a complimentary fresh beer awaiting all finishers, courtesy of Three Legs Brewery. Post-event massage is also available on the playing field.
The Rye Ancient Trails races begin at 9.30am.
Both routes are single-lap and circular, following footpaths, tracks and lanes through farmland, orchards and woodland between Rye and the villages of Iden, Beckley, Northiam and Peasmarsh. (For more detailed information on the route, see Course Info.)
Spectators will find great vantage points from which to watch the race at The Globe Inn, just outside Rye (open from 8am), The Bell in Iden, The Cock Inn in Peasmarsh (open from 11am) and Will’s Bakery in Northiam (open from 10am). Much of the route is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Prizes/trophies are available for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female in both events; 1st in age categories from Vet 1 to Vet 8; 1st Male & Female affiliated team (3 to count). All finishers will receive a bespoke Ancient Trails medal. The winning man and woman in both races will receive a pair of Altra running shoes of their choice.
Directions and parking
Follow the A2070 South of Ashford towards Hastings. At the roundabout join the A259 following signs to Rye. Continue on the A259 until you reach Rye and follow the signs to Town Centre/Sports Centre and pool.
Follow the A259 via Icklesham and Winchelsea until you reach Rye and then follow signs to Town Centre/Sports Centre and pool.
There are numerous public car parks in Rye, all of which are within walking distance of the race HQ and start area. The closest are the Cattle Market car park (TN31 7NA), Rye station car park (TN31 7AB), Rye sports centre car park (TN31 7ND) and Gibbet Marsh (TN31 7DU). All are pay and display – fees vary. Limited free street parking also available.
By public transport
The railway station in Rye (Sussex) is a five-minute walk from the Race HQ with trains to/from Ashford International (connecting to the high-speed service to London) and to/from Brighton via Hastings.
There are limited bus services available in the area.