Rye Ancient Trails 30k & 15k

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Weave your way through the ancient trails in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in East Sussex. This ever-popular event visits historic woodland, trails, quiet country lanes and some Norman churches along the route. Come for some truly mesmerising sights and a finisher's medal.
30k and 15k
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Sun, 10 Sept 2023
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Rye, United Kingdom
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Rye Sports Centre, The Grove, Rye TN31 7ND, UK
Start times
Sun, 10 Sept 2023
9:30am |
Here's what races are available for Rye Ancient Trails 30k & 15k
Terrain: Mixed (trail, road, gravel)
Elevation: Undulating - 1600ft
Route Type: Loop
This event commences and ends in the picturesque Sussex town of Rye, before runners head out on a circular route into the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This race certainly provides a challenge, however it will be well worth it for the epic views and the extensive historical landmarks for example, the Norman Churches of Rye, Iden, Beckley, Northiam and Peasmarsh.
With 1600ft of climbing throughout, this race is designed to prove a formidable challenge however, with both a 15k and 30k route this event really is open to all.
The Rye Ancients Trails 30k & 15k raise money for the Oliver Curd Trust.
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  • Unique finisher's Medal
  • Prizes for top 3 male and female runners
  • Prizes for 1st placed male and female in Vet categories
  • Fully marshalled course
  • Bag drop
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Distance marked
  • First aid on-site
  • Chip timed
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Rye Sports Centre, The Grove, Rye TN31 7ND, UK
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By Car
The Race Headquarters will be at the Sports Centre. There is on site parking, which will be well signposted as you come into Rye.
*Please take note of any local parking charges that may be applicable.
By Public Transport
There is a railway station in Rye (Sussex), and the Sports Centre is located behind the railway station.
There are limited bus services available for the area.
09:30 Race start
* Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the scheduled race start time so that you have enough time to complete the registration process.
Race Packs
Entrants who have entered in good time will have their race packs sent in the post 10 days before event day.
Those who have entered in the 10 days before race day will collect their race pack at registration on the day of the event.
If your race pack hasn’t arrived, head to the registration desk at race HQ and you can be issued with a new one.
A full set of race instructions will be sent via email before the event.
Age Requirements
All runners for the 15k must be aged 16 or over and those for the 30k must be aged 18 or over.
Bag Drop
There will be a bag drop area at registration for you to leave your essential items. Please note that everything is left at its own risk.
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Nice Work are an event organiser based out of Rye in Sussex, who offer one of the most comprehensive inventory of running events in the UK. From coastal 10ks, to trail marathons, to inner-city fun runs, these events have an ever-growing and loyal community of runners who are in it for the love of the sport. If you’ve ever sat on the fence or been unsure about taking on your first running event, then checking out Nice Work’s offering is the perfect place to start.
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There are a number of fantastic vantage points for Spectators across this course. Details of which can be found below:
  • The Globe Inn, Rye (Opens from 8am)
  • The Bell, Iden
  • The Cock Inn, Peasmarsh (Opens from 11am)
  • Will's Bakery, Northiam (Open from 10am)
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag at the Rye Ancient Trails 30k & 15k?
Yes, there will be a bag drop facility provided at the Race HQ.
Where can I access my race time for the Rye Ancient Trails 30k & 15k?
Results will be posted as soon as possible after the event on Nice Work's website. An email with their time will be sent to all runners who've provided a valid and legible email address.
Can you park at the Rye Ancient Trails 30k & 15k?
There is ample parking at the Race HQ, which is located at the Sports Centre behind the railway station. The parking will be signposted as you drive into Rye.
142 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Did the race in 2022
Beautiful route, needed more marshals in the woods due to the directional signs moving. Added 20+ mins to my time which was a shame.Also frustrating to promote a 30k route when it is Infact more than 30k, I was mentally done at 30k and infact ended up running 19.6 miles.. Will still sign up to run next year though, loved it 😁
Did the race in 2022
Even though I finished nearly last (hamstring issue) I got a great welcome home..!! Beautiful but super challenging trail run here..!
Did the race in 2022
Great Course,good atomosphere.
Did the race in 2022
As a barefoot I enjoyed the trail, next year I will be definitely trying the 30k. Aparently some got lost, I would like to see maybe a repeat flag just after a crossroads to confirm the direction
Did the race in 2022
It was a shame the course was sabotaged as other than all getting lost it was one of best races I’ve done. Beautiful course, so many marshals and water stations, nice shirt and medal. Downsides, really could have done with a loo on the way round, quite a lot of the two-way section was on a narrow causeway.
Did the race in 2022
It was very well organised
Did the race in 2022
A good course with quite a few stiles. The first stile is tricky as everyone is trying to get over it. After that the course spreads out. Well marshalled and friendly atmosphere.
Did the race in 2022
A great race, with a lovely sociable atmosphere.
Did the race in 2022
Course sabotage was unfortunate and morale sapping.
Did the race in 2022
Someone changed the signs at the 23k mark and I didn't receive a medal
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Recent Questions
Melanie de Matos
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Are there water stations or should we bring/carry our own water?
Liam Burke
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Hi Melanie, there will be water stations approx every 5k.

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