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Rye Ancient Trails 30K & 15K

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Test your endurance with this 15 or 30KM route, kicking-off in the historic town of Rye. Great for seasoned runners and newcomers alike, the mixed-terrain course weaves around the surrounding country lanes and tracks. Come for the historic sites en-route or for the bespoke finisher's medal.
C-19 Plan
Nice Work has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 11th Sep 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Review summary

19 Reviews
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Paula w
"Absolutely loved it, great thought out course, mixed up terrain and lovely..."


Paula w
"Absolutely loved it, great course, mixed up terrain and very helpful..."


Christine C
"This is my second time great course scenic challenging well organised water..."
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How to enter the Rye Ancient Trails 30K & 15K

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Rye Ancient Trails 30K & 15K routes

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 over 1500ft of climbing throughout, this race is designed to prove a formidable challenge however, with both a 15KM and 30KM route this event really is open to all.

The Rye Ancients Trails 30K & 15K raises money for the Oliver Curd Trust.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 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
Raceday Logistics


09:30:Race start

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the schedules race start time so that you have enough time to complete the registration process.


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)


Nice work are always on the lookout for volunteers to help out at their events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up.

In return, volunteers will be given free entry to one of their races and, race dependent, paid expenses. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave my bag?
Yes, there will be a bag drop facility provided at the Race HQ.
Where can I access my race time?
Race results will be displayed live and uploaded onto after the race is finished. Runners will be made aware of when they are on their last lap.
Who are the charity, Oliver Curd Trust?
The Oliver Curd Trust was started in 2008 by Oliver’s parents, Richard and Sarah, in memory of him. Oliver was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma in April 2006, and sadly died in November 2007. ​The charity seeks to provide memories, happiness and periods of escape for children and their families during difficult times. Further information can be found here:
Can you park at the Rye Ancient Trails Race?
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.
Can I enter on the day?
Providing the entry limit has not been reached, entries will be available on the day for an increased price.

Meet the organiser

We are a specialist race management company, organising more than 140 races across the UK each year. We offer everything from small community events to larger races organised on behalf of running clubs, charities, local authorities and private companies.



Rye Ancient Trails 30K & 15K reviews (19)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 30K in 2019

    This is my second time great course scenic challenging well organised water stations good. God finish area.
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    Emma J

    Did the 15K in 2019

    This is my second year running the race and I couldn't recommend it more highly. It takes in the best of English countryside in late summer - running through apple orchards, past vineyards, stables and through fields of sheep and cows. The course is challenging and varied enough to mean I was never bored and the kilometres fly by faster than I was expecting. My only advice is that you will have a bit of waiting at the start to get over stiles - if you're midway through the pack and not rushing for a pb, it's not a bad chance to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery!
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    Peter H

    Did the 30K in 2019

    Great race in stunning countryside, helped by the weather this year. Very nice atmosphere, definitely a race not a fun run but very friendly with lots of encouraging fellow runners. All the support (drinks, snacks and marshals) you could need and a great welcome at the finish (with more refreshments and facilities). Nice to be given a beer at the end for those that wanted too.
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    Olwen C

    Did the 30K in 2019

    Enjoyed the variety the course offered - fields, orchards, trails, woods. The course was undulating but no killer hills thankfully. Many, many stiles so if you want a rapid run then make sure to start near the front of the pack. The course was well marked out with ribbons and signs but I would also suggest that ground trip hazards are better marked next year. Thank you - will be back next year!
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    Annette l

    Did the 30K in 2019

    A great challenging course , perfect for BeachyHead training. The marshalls were all fantastic and friendly. The water stations were spot on every 3 miles, cant fault it.
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    Did the 15K in 2019

    Great event on nice trail with really good scenery. The route was very well signed so no chance of missing a turning, lots of helpful marshal's on the course, aid stations every 5k and a great finish location that was close to parking, easy to access and great for spectators. Overall, a really well organised, fun event.
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    Paula w

    Did the 30K in 2019

    Absolutely loved it, great course, mixed up terrain and very helpful Marshall’s, well thought out route and clearly marked, a challenging 30km but will do it again 💙
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    Paula w

    Did the 30K in 2019

    Absolutely loved it, great thought out course, mixed up terrain and lovely Marshall’s in hand, brilliantly marked out, very challenging doing the 30km but will do it again 💙
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    Darren Rogers

    Did the 30K in 2019

    This is the second time I’ve ran this race. It’s such a beautiful course covering a mixture of terrains, don’t get me wrong it is challenging, but if you train for it you will be fine. Get support from the marshals as well!
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    Pete T

    Did the 30K in 2019

    Event had so many wonderful Marshall's huge thanks to them all.

    Spectacular course very challenging

    Great bread pudding by the local bakery.

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