01797 229955

The Rye Harbour Ekiden Relay - Cancelled

After a successful debut in 2019 when over 50 teams completed the challenge. Come and join us in the beautiful Rye Harbour Reserve for the return of the only Ekiden relay event in Sussex!

Ekiden is a long-distance, multistage relay race, based on a traditional Japanese concept – the word ‘Ekiden’ originally referred to a post-horse or stagecoach which transmitted communications in stages.

This relay is a team event, each member of the team runs a variety of distances to complete a half marathon in total. There are six stages in the following order 5k, 2.5k, 7.5k, 2.5k, 2.5k, 1k. This event is not just a test of speed but also tactics. Can you get the combination right and clinch the title?

We will also have a Junior Ekiden for the younger runners taking place shortly before the main event between 5-6pm. Kids teams are teams of 5 each running 1k on an out and back course starting from the event village located on the green outside the caravan park. Depending on entries, prizes will be awarded by school year group.

Kids team entry: £20
Kids Relay Race: 5.30-6pm
The race will be a fundraiser for The Sussex Wildlife Trust. Further details can be found at www.ryeharbourdiscoverycentre.org.uk

All levels of running abilities are welcome to take part including running clubs, community groups, and corporate organisations. Whilst there will be prizes awarded to the winning teams, we will also give awards for categories such as ‘Best Dressed’, ‘Best Team Name’ and the much sought after Nice Work ‘special’ prize! The race will be chip-timed and all finishers will receive a bespoke medal.

This event promises to be a fun evening of running with great music, a bar and BBQ on offer for all participants and spectators.

Adults team entry: £50
Adults Relay Race: 6.30-9.30pm

  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
The Course
Each leg will be run through the picturesque Rye Harbour Nature Reserve starting and finishing close to the entrance to the nature reserve. 

First Aid
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by manual time keepers. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU

The Race Headquarters will be located on the green outside of the caravan park. There is on site parking for Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which will be well signposted as you come into Rye Harbour Village. Please take note of any local parking charges that may be applicable.

The closest railway station is Rye (Sussex), but it is around 2.5 miles from there to the race HQ. You may wish to run, walk or cycle, but there are limited bus services available for the area.

UKA Licence Number

Applied for