Rye Ancient Trails 30K-15K

Tri Man Tim Wins Rye

Red hot competition in the glorious Rye Ancient Trails...

Torrid conditions did not deter the 429 finishers in Nice Work's Rye Summer Classic Series finale on Sunday (10 September). As the mercury soared to 30°C the organisers posted this pre-race advice: "Good luck to all those runners racing today, make sure to stay hydrated - including adding electrolytes into your water bottles. Both distances cover considerable elevation, which increases the difficulty and effort required, so make sure to carry extra carb gels or nutrition with you to help you cross the finish line strong."

The concluding races in this year's Summer Classic Series were the Rye Ancient Trails 30K & 15K multi-terrain events held in the glorious High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in East Sussex. The stunning route follows the ancient trails through historic woodland and the quiet country lanes that link the Norman churches of Rye, Iden, Beckley, Northiam, and Peasmarsh. 

The 30K boasts more than 1,500ft of climb, with numerous gates and stiles to negotiate and set the quads on fire. Both events raise vital funds and awareness for the Oliver Curd Trust, helping to provide holiday accommodation to families affected by childhood cancer and other life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.

First back to the medieval citadel town of Rye, which was affiliated to the Cinque Ports in the 14th Century, was Tim Allen (Weald Tri Club, 2:24:13) closely followed by M40 Adam Gamble (unattached, 2:24:37) and Alex Will (unattached, 2:25:01) – although the latter had the second best chip time after apparently making a slow start. 

Amy Dixon (W40 unattached, 2:37:43) took the top spot in the women's race, finishing 11th overall, more than 15 minutes clear of Auralea Fain (unattached, 2:53:42) and W35 Lianne Leakey (Hailsham Harriers, 2:55:10).

Rye Ancient Trails 15K turns for home at Peasmarsh and it still presents a considerable challenge but is a great choice for newcomers to trail running. The winners this year were M40 David Mayes (HY Runners, 1:09:33) and Rebecca Newbould (unattached, 1:17:05).

Full results are available via the runABC South race listing. 

Photo courtesy Nice Work on Facebook

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