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Running Holidays

Running Forever holidays 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.

You can expect a mix of leisurely scenic runs and more targeted coached sessions alongside daily workshops on running form, practical nutrition, strength and conditioning, race preparation and recovery. Because of our vast experience working with runners of all abilities and aspirations, we can help you make the improvements you seek. It goes without saying that you can also expect delicious, nutritious food (and plenty of it!), fantastic accommodation and great company. Whether you’re an old hand or a relative newcomer, we promise you a great running experience while you’re with us – and a suitcase full of fresh motivation and tips to try back home.

We’ve led week-long camps in the French Alps and training weekends in North Devon – but now you can join us on our home turf in beautiful Rye, East Sussex, where we have ancient woodland, rolling countryside and sandy beaches to explore. 

Currently we have bookings open on our 1-day Beachy Head Trail Adventure (16th June 2019, scroll down for details) and our autumn Rye Running Retreat (4th-7th October 2019). 


AUTUMN running retreat
rye, east sussex
4th to 7th october 2019

Do You want to improve your running?

Is there something you want to fix or learn to do better?

Does your training need a fresh perspective?


Then this three-night running retreat is made for you! It offers you a unique opportunity to upgrade your running skills and knowledge in a beautiful part of the country under the guidance of two highly experienced, committed and passionate coaches.

Sam Murphy (Murphy’s Lore columnist in Runner’s World magazine and author of the bestselling Run for Life) is 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, and a former winner of the Beachy Head Marathon and Wendover Woods 50-mile race, is a UKA-qualified endurance coach and Fell Running leader.

As Running Forever, our passion is helping runners go faster and further with fewer injuries, greater fulfilment and more fun. Because of our vast experience working with runners of all abilities and aspirations, we can help you make the improvements you seek.


The retreat programme

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 (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. Whether you’re an old hand or a relative newcomer, we promise you a great running experience while you’re with us – and a suitcase full of fresh motivation and tips to try back home.


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. This is our home town, so we know all the best routes, views and refreshment stops! 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 public spaces including the cosy log lounge, bar and dining room. Free Wi-Fi and limited free parking. The hotel is rated 9.4 on

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

This retreat runs from 3pm on Friday 4th October to 11am on Monday 7th October 2019.

What’s included?

  •         Three nights’ accommodation at the Hope Anchor Hotel.

  •         All meals and snacks between your arrival on Friday and your departure on Monday, except dinner out on Sunday evening.

  •         All guided runs and coaching.

  •         All workshops and seminars including free 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 luxury double £425pp sharing (£495 single occupancy)

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

Ensuite small double or twin £325pp sharing (£375 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 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 or call 07817 687241.

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

the beachy head trail ADVENTURE (1 day) 16th june 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 or to book a place.

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

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


the 1066 trail ADVENTURE (2 days, 1 night) 6th-7th july 2019

Come and join us on a 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 £149 per person (all rooms are single).

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.

A fantastic 2-day adventure with Sam, Jeff and a great group of fellow runners.
— Darren
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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. 


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)

One hour (or part thereof) £30.

Two hours £50. (Contact us for a quote for longer runs.)