Run the Ancient Trails

Runners stream through the Landgate

After a hugely successful inaugural race in 2018, when over 280 runners entered the two distances, the Rye Ancient Trails 30k and 5k returns for a second year on Sunday, September 8.

What better way to see the countryside

This scenic and challenging 30k multi-terrain race makes its way once again through Peasmarsh. Starting (by the Town Crier) 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!

If 30k sounds too much like hard work – although very do-able if you are reasonably fit – there is the shorter 5k distance. Far enough to make you feel you have done some work and even that distance still takes you through some great countryside.

The event is organised by local race management company Nice Work, with sponsorship from The George in Rye hotel and raising money for the Oliver Curd Trust (Charity No. 1124648).

Runners can enter online at or on the day at Race HQ located behind Rye Sports Centre.

If you don’t fancy running but would like to be part of the event, volunteer marshals are needed to help out on the course. Email if you would like more information.


Image Credits: John Minter , Nice Work .


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