A new running retreat with Sam Murphy

The path to the beach

21st-24th September 2018
Come and run with us* in the beautiful environs of Camber Sands and Rye in East Sussex. Our base for this three-night autumn running retreat is the luxurious Loma Beach House, just steps from the beach where we’ll start our morning runs and yet only 90 minutes from London by train or car. Limited to 12 places.

Camber Sands all to ourselves!

The schedule
We’ll combine daily runs amid gorgeous scenery just for the joy of it (this is our home turf, so we know all the best routes, views and refreshment stops!) with tailored sessions focusing on running form, strength and conditioning and pace development. We’ll also talk practical nutrition, training and injury prevention.

Trails around Camber

On Sunday morning, we’ll have a longer point-to-point run (with options for shorter/longer distances) that takes us through ancient woodland and along quiet lanes and rural trails back to the beach house, followed by a well-earned recovery session (on the 40ft south-facing deck if it’s sunny or otherwise in front of the woodburning stove!).


The fun and varied itinerary has been designed to ensure you have a fabulous running experience – and a relaxing break – while you are with us and go home armed with new tips and ideas to implement later on. Every participant will receive a one-to-one running assessment during their stay and get a personalised plan.

Dine in style at Loma House

Eating and sleeping
Part of the pleasure of running is in the refuelling, so rest assured you will enjoy plenty of delicious, nourishing food during your stay at Loma – all prepared using locally-sourced ingredients and chosen and timetabled specifically to aid performance and recovery.


You’ll have ample time to relax in and around the comfortable, well-equipped  and stylish house (free wifi throughout) – coffee out on the deck, a stroll on the beach or a cheeky afternoon nap, perhaps? And you’ll have a free afternoon on Sunday to mooch around Rye’s antique shops and quirky boutiques, or spend as you choose, before we head out for dinner together. A pre-breakfast run on Monday means you’ll go home with a smile on your face and sand in your shoes…


Running fun in Rye



What’s included

  • Three nights’ accommodation at Loma Beach House (see room options below).
  • All meals and snacks between your arrival from 4pm on Friday and your departure at 10am on Monday (home-baked goodies included!) except a group dinner out in Rye on Sunday evening.
  • All coaching, including a one-to-one running form assessment with video analysis and individually prescribed drills/strength/mobility exercises.
  • All workshops and seminars, with handouts to take away.
  • Transfers to/from Rye railway station if required.

*Who we are

Sam Murphy and Jeff Pyrah met on a training camp in 2007 and got married in 2010. Avid runners and enthusiastic coaches, they have hosted running holidays in Annecy, France and Lynmouth, Devon. This is their first retreat on their much-loved home territory of East Sussex.

Sam Murphy is a well-known running expert and qualified coach with more than ten years’ experience helping runners achieve their goals through her one-to-one coaching, workshops and writing. She has penned three books on running, including the pioneering Run for Life, which sold over 200,000 copies and has now been translated into 13 languages, and writes the monthly Murphy’s Lore column for Runner’s World magazine. Sam has 17 marathons under her belt with a PB of 3.22. She’s still trying to knock 5 seconds off her 5km PB of 20.04.

Jeff Pyrah is a lifelong runner who is passionate about helping others forge their own running habit. He has a marathon PB of 2.28 but now focuses more on long trail races, winning The Grizzly, the North Downs Run and Beachy Head Marathon in 2013 and Centurion’s Wendover Woods 50-mile race in 2016. He is a qualified running coach and, together with Sam, coaches in Rye, East Sussex.


Pricing (rates quoted below are per person for the entire retreat)

One of Loma’s double rooms

Shared room (a spacious ‘dorm’ room sleeping six in adult-sized bunkbeds) £325.
Double room (based on two sharing) £370.
Double room (single occupancy) £460.
Ensuite double room (based on two sharing) £395.
Ensuite double room (single occupancy) £495.

To find out more about this exclusive retreat or book a space, email sammurphyinfo@gmail.com

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