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The Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay

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Try something new this summer with the Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay, the only Ekiden relay event in Sussex. Based on a traditional Japanese concept, each team member runs a variety of distances to complete a half marathon in total, set in 6 stages. All levels of abilities are welcome to participate.

How to enter the The Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay

  1. Ekiden Relay

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. Junior Ekiden Relay

    Run 1km
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The Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay routes

Ekiden Relay:

This epic and unique event is a fantastic opportunity to grab some friends and enter for an epic night of running and fun in the picturesque Rye Harbour Nature Reserve starting and finishing close to the entrance of the reserve.

In teams of 6, each runner will complete one of the 6 stages of 5k, 2.5k, 7.5k, 2.5k, 2.5k, 1k, in order, totalling the distance of a half marathon. Not just a test of speed, but also of tactics, as you determine who is best suited to complete each leg.

Kids Ekiden Relay:

Before the main event, there will be a Kids Ekiden relay. In teams of 5, each member will run 1km on an out and back course starting from the event village.

This event promises to be an epic evening of running, with great music, new friends, and a bar & bbq for runners and spectators.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Music
  • Bar & BBQ for all participants and spectators
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Awards for winning teams, and category awards such as Best Dressed, Best Team Name etc.
Raceday Logistics


17:30: Kids Relay Event Start

18:30: Kids Relay Ends and Adult Relay Starts

21:30: Cutoff time for Adult Relay

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before race time to ensure plenty of time for registration


  • Onsite Parking
  • Bag Drop
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Refreshments


Adult Relay: Min age - 9 years

Junior Relay: Min age - 3 years

Kit List

No required kit, however, there will be prizes for Best Dressed so why not come up with a clever costume for you and your team.


The park is a great place for spectators, and with a bar & bbq available, there is no reason not to join in the fun.


If you would like to volunteer to help at any Nice Work events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up. Volunteers are offered a free entry to a future race and, in some cases, expenses are available. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Does every member have to run each leg in the Rye Ekiden Relay?
No, each member of the team will only run one of the legs so choose wisely.
Is the Rye Ekiden Relay suitable for runners of all abilities?
Yes, the event is perfect for all runners, and promises to be an awesome, fun-filled experience.
Can my team for the Rye Ekiden Relay dress up?
Yes, costumes are welcomed and encouraged, as there will be prizes for the most creative teams.

The Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay weather forecast

Overcast throughout the day.

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