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Running Holidays

Running Forever holidays and adventures are led by Sam Murphy and Jeff Pyrah. Between us, we have over 50 years of running experience and are both fully qualified coaches. Our aim is to strike the perfect balance between work, rest and play. Scroll down to find out more about the retreats and running adventures we have coming up or to find out more, visit our dedicated website www.runningforever.co.uk Or like us on Facebook, where you can read reviews of our previous events and stay up to date with everything we have coming up.


RYE AUTUMN RUNNING RETREAT
OCTOBER 4th-7th 2019 (fri-Mon)

Come and join us on this coached running retreat in the beautiful environs of Rye and Camber Sands in East Sussex. We have exclusive use of the Hope Anchor Hotel, a stylishly restored 18th century inn with 13 ensuite bedrooms and far-reaching views. From here, we will combine a daily run (or two) 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 focused sessions on running form, strength & conditioning, trail technique and speedwork - all under the guidance of two highly experienced, committed and passionate coaches. We’ll also talk practical nutrition, race preparation and injury prevention.

The itinerary is designed to ensure you have a great running experience while you are with us and leave armed with new tips and ideas to implement. It’s the ideal kickstart for your spring marathon or half marathon training. Read more about the retreat schedule below.


Sam Murphy (Murphy’s Lore columnist in Runner’s World magazine and author of the bestselling Run for Life) is an avid runner with 18 marathons under her belt, and a UKA-qualified endurance coach with more than a decade’s experience and expertise in running form and injury prevention.

Jeff Pyrah, current British Masters Trail and Marathon Champion v45, is a former winner of the notoriously hilly Beachy Head Marathon and Wendover Woods 50-mile race and a UKA-qualified endurance coach and Fell Running leader.

Together, we have gathered years of experience working with runners of all abilities and aspirations - and our passion is helping runners go faster and further with fewer injuries, greater fulfilment and more fun.

The retreat schedule

Every day includes a guided run on a scenic route – from rolling hills to country lanes, beach to boardwalk – with a longer run on Sunday morning with different distance options (don’t worry, you will run at your pace, not someone else’s!). There is also a daily programme of coached sessions on everything from running form, pacing and trail skills to strength and core conditioning, nutrition, mental strategies and maximising recovery. And because we keep group sizes relatively small, there’s plenty of one-to-one attention, too.

 

The location

One of England’s best-preserved medieval towns, picturesque Rye perches atop a hill with the English Channel on one side and miles of countryside the other. All the town’s historic attractions, antique shops, pubs and cafes are within walking distance of the hotel and there are miles of footpaths within a stone’s throw. Non-running partners/friends are welcome to accompany you on the retreat for a reduced rate (details under Pricing).

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The accommodation

The Hope Anchor hotel, a mid-18th century former inn, is situated in the heart of Rye’s old citadel, with far-reaching views. All 13 rooms – each unique in style – are well equipped and en-suite, and we have full and exclusive use of the hotel, including the cosy Log Lounge, bar and dining room. Free
Wi-Fi and limited free parking - and walking distance from Rye train station. The hotel is rated 9.4 on Booking.com

The food

We’ve worked with the hotel chef to devise a delicious and nutritious menu featuring plenty of local produce and specifically timetabled to support your running and recovery. Every single one of the guests on our last retreat gave the food a score of ten out of ten. Your stay includes breakfast each day, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a three-course dinner on Friday and Saturday, with a group meal out at a local restaurant on Sunday evening (at own cost). There’ll also be home-baked goodies to enjoy and keep those energy levels topped up!

I have come away re-energised, and can’t thank Sam and Jeff enough for sharing their knowledge and experience. Definitely worth the journey from Scotland to East Sussex!
— Alice
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What’s included?

  •         Three nights’ ensuite accommodation at the Hope Anchor Hotel.

  •         All meals and snacks between your arrival on Friday (from 3pm) and your departure on Monday (by 11am), except a group dinner out on Sunday evening.

  •         All guided runs and coaching.

  •         All workshops and seminars including handouts.

  •         Transport during retreat and assistance with luggage to/from railway station if required.

Pricing (prices below are per person for the whole retreat)

Ensuite small double or twin £325pp sharing (£375 single occupancy)

Ensuite standard double or twin £375pp sharing (£435 single occupancy)

Ensuite luxury double (listed as suites on hotel website) £425pp sharing (£495 single occupancy)

Why not bring your partner or a friend? For a non-participant sharing your room, there’s a charge of £200, regardless of room type. They’ll have the days free to explore Rye and eat all inclusive meals (as listed above) with the retreat guests.

To book a place (we require a £100 deposit per person) or find out more about this exclusive retreat please email sam@runningforever.co.uk or call 07817 687241.

A super weekend of total running, relaxation and great hospitality.
— Chris
 

the beachy head trail ADVENTURE (1 day) sunday, 22nd September 2019

Come and join us on this one-day trail running adventure on the South Downs, scaling the iconic chalk sea cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. At a tad over 20 miles (32km) with 3,000ft of climb, this is a hefty challenge, but like all Running Forever adventures, we'll take it in bitesize chunks with scheduled stops for tea and cake or a cheeky beer. We will start and finish in Eastbourne, at the marker denoting the start (or finish!) of the South Downs Way. Vehicle support will be on hand for bag carriage, water top-up, refreshments, changes of kit or even a lift to the next pitstop.

This is NOT a race (though it's a great recce for anyone doing the Beachy Head Marathon, as it takes in much of the route and one of your guides, Jeff Pyrah, is a former winner of the race). We will run as a group and there will always be a coach on hand to offer trail tips and support, both moral and practical!

There is no mandatory pace guideline for this trip - but we would expect you to be able to run a road half marathon comfortably in under 2.5 hours to cope with the level of challenge and enjoy the day. Please email us if you'd like to discuss the trip's suitability for you. To book a place, visit www.runningforever.co.uk

Places limited to 12 runners.

What’s included

  • Guiding, support and tips from two qualified and experienced coaches along the entire route.

  • Vehicle support, including transport of and access to your bag (and a lift, should you require it!)

  • Pick up and drop off at Eastbourne station if required.

  • Water top-up and energy snacks.

Pricing £45 per person. To book, visit www.runningforever.co.uk

The trip begins and ends in Eastbourne and will run between approximately 10am and 4pm.

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THE SAXON SHORE ADVENTURE (2 days, 1 night) 14th-15th march 2020

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Join us on this two-day trail running adventure along the Saxon Shore Way, from those famous white cliffs above the bustling port of Dover, through quintessential Kent countryside and villages to the medieval town of Rye. Our stopover is in the historic seaside town of Hythe and the trip includes overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

This is NOT a race. It’s a chance to take on a challenging, varied and fascinating route in good company, without worrying about getting lost or having to carry all your gear. We’ll take it at a leisurely pace, running together or breaking into small guided groups, as required. At all our refreshment stops, our support vehicle will be on hand with water top-ups and access to your bags.

This is a route rich in maritime history, from smuggling to wartime defences – but despite its name, it’s not entirely coastal. Shaped by storms, flooding and human intervention, today’s shoreline cuts a very different path to the one of Saxon times and it’s this ancient seaboard that we’ll retrace.

From Dover, we head west along the top of the white cliffs (from where you can see France on a clear day). We’ll pass relics of wartime history, including the vast Abbot's Cliff sound mirror (used to detect approaching enemy aircraft during WW2), and stop for lunch at the Battle of Britain Memorial. East of Folkestone, we follow the old coastline inland, conquering a succession of hills before continuing to Lympne (the end of the Roman Road from Canterbury to the sea). With 17 miles in the bag, we stay overnight in Hythe (accommodation is a stone’s throw from the sea in simple ensuite single or double rooms), where we’ll have dinner at one of the town’s fine old pubs.

The next morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we resume our journey from Lympne – (look out for giraffes as we pass by the Port Lympne zoo) – covering a further 22 miles through idyllic and undulating countryside that sometimes feels as if it hasn’t been visited for years! We’ll check-in for lunch at a lovely Kent village pub before joining the canal that will take us the last couple of miles to the picturesque town of Rye, where the trip finishes.

Limited to 12 runners max.

Pricing £149 per person. To book, visit www.runningforever.co.uk


What’s included?

  • Guiding, support and tips from two qualified and experienced coaches along the entire route.

  • Vehicle support, including transport of and access to your bag (and a lift, should you require it!)

  • Overnight accommodation and breakfast at Stade Court Hotel and dinner out in Hythe (set menu).

  • Transfer to and from Lympne to our accommodation.

  • Water top-up and energy snacks at 2-3 stopping points per day.

 Trip duration: 11am Saturday until 4.30pm Sunday (approx).

Start point: Dover Priory Railway Station, Folkestone Road, Dover CT17 9SB (an hour from London St Pancras on HS1).

End point: Rye Castle, Gungarden, Rye TN31 7HE. (This is a 5-minute walk from Rye railway station).

Is it right for you?

There’s no doubt that 39 miles over two days is a challenge, but the fact that the distance is broken down into manageable chunks makes it more achievable than you might think. Anyone who's completed at least a half-marathon fairly comfortably (we're looking at under 2hrs 20 minutes, for logistical purposes) and doesn’t detest hills should be able to cope with and enjoy the Saxon Shore Adventure. Get in touch if you want to chat further about the trip's suitability for you. To book, visit www.runningforever.co.uk


the 1066 trail ADVENTURE (2 days, 1 night) 11th-12th july 2020

Come and join us on our hugely popular two-day running adventure, following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror after he landed his troops at Pevensey and marched into the most famous battle of all time to claim rule of England in 1066. The 32-mile route, finishing in the beautiful medieval town of Rye, isn't just a march through history, it's a journey through rural Sussex, passing protected marshland alive with butterflies and birdsong, ancient woodland, sleepy villages, windmills and oasthouses.

Day one takes us from Pevensey Castle to Battle Abbey - a distance of around 17 miles with two scheduled refreshment stops (read: tea and cake) where our support vehicle will also be on hand with water top-ups and access to your bags.We'll stay overnight in a private lodge in the stunning grounds of Ashburnham Place (all private rooms - no single occupancy fee). Bring your swimming gear for a refreshing dip in the lake! Dinner and breakfast at Ashburnham is included. On day two, we resume our journey from Battle Abbey, covering a further 15 miles to reach Rye by mid-afternoon.

This is NOT a race - it's a chance to run a glorious route in good company, without worrying about getting lost or having to carry all your gear. The distance? Yes, it's a challenge, but anyone who's completed a half marathon fairly comfortably (in approx 2 hours 15 mins or quicker) should be able to manage it. Get in touch if you want to chat further about your ability to participate. Or get a taste of what's in store by reading my blog here.

Limited to 12 places max.

What’s included

  • Guiding, support and tips from two qualified and experienced coaches along the entire route.

  • Vehicle support, including transport of and access to your bag (and a lift, should you require it!)

  • Overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast at Ashburnham Place.

  • Transfer between Battle Abbey and Ashburnham Place.

  • Water top-up and energy gels at two stopping points per day.

Pricing £155 per person (all rooms are single). To book, visit www.runningforever.co.uk

The trip begins on Saturday at 10.45am from Pevensey & Westham station and ends at Rye station (from where you can make a return journey if you've parked there) late afternoon on Sunday.

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Fantastic weekend! So well organised and friendly, loved the pub and tea room stops, the countryside and the company. Would definitely recommend.
— Jo

BESPOKE guided runs

If you're not in the market for a full-scale retreat or holiday, we also offer guided runs in and around Rye, East Sussex.

Our guided runs are tailored to suit you. Let us know your chosen time or distance and pace requirements and we'll do the rest. We aim to show you the best of the area as you clock up some miles: ancient woodland, historic villages, apple orchards and dune-backed beaches are all within running distance. 

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What’s included

  • A route planned to your requirements.

  • A qualified, experienced and DBS-checked coach who will meet you (book singly or as a group) at your accommodation or at a designated point and accompany you the whole way.

  • Informal running tips and insider information on what to see and where to eat and drink locally.

Pricing (rates quoted are per run for groups of 1-4)

£50 per hour. (Contact us for a quote for longer runs.)