Runners support Discovery Centre

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Start of the adults race

The evening of Friday, May 31 saw 350 runners of all ages and abilities take part in the
Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay 2019, which was the first of its kind in the South-
East.

The start of the children’s race

The event was a tremendous success and raised almost £4,000 for the new Discovery Centre currently being built at the Nature Reserve by Baxall Construction (who entered two teams), on behalf of Sussex Wildlife Trust, with the
support of the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Passing on the baton

Ekiden is a long-distance, multi-stage relay race based on a Japanese concept. At
Rye Harbour 50 adults teams of six runners competed over a total half-marathon
distance of 20 kilometres (just over 13 miles) and 10 children’s teams of five runners ran five kilometres per team.

The Ekiden relay was organised by local company Nice Work and sponsored by RX Architects, WS Wright, Coast View Properties and Coast Pro Developments.

The winning teams, who were presented with special trophies, were:
Adults
1st  Half Blood Spirits     1h 18m 10s
2nd  BRT1                     1h 18m 47s
3rd Hastings Runners
Darren’s Dynamos          1h 24m 10s
Juniors
1st  Grassrunners Juniors  20m 4s
2nd Hastings Runners Los Juvenes  20m 21s
3rd  When Life Gives You Lemons  21m 32s
The winning adult team

Kim Deshayes, Appeal Director said, “What a fantastic turnout of 60 teams for a superb inaugural Ekiden event. Many thanks to everyone who took part, to the
sponsors for making it possible, and to Nice Work for their highly professional event organisation. It was great fun and a brilliant friendraiser and fundraiser for the Discovery Centre project”.

More information and ways to support the appeal are on the Discovery Centre website.

Image Credits: Martin Bruce.

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