On our Running Forever holidays, we strike the perfect balance between work, rest and play. You can expect a mix of leisurely scenic runs and more targeted coached sessions alongside mini workshops on running form, practical nutrition, strength and conditioning and recovery. There’s also one-to-one time, to ensure you go home with a personalised plan that will help you continue to improve your running. It goes without saying that you can also expect delicious, nutritious food (and plenty of it!), fantastic accommodation and great company.
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 there’s ancient woodland, rolling countryside and sandy beaches to explore.
Currently we have bookings open on our 3-day running retreat in Rye (29th March to 1st April 2019) and the 2-day 1066 Trail Adventure (6-7th July 2019, scroll down for details).
Three-night RYE running retreat
29th March to 1st april 2019
Come and run with us in the beautiful Brede Valley, just outside the medieval town of Rye in East Sussex. Our base for this retreat is a lovingly restored, comfortable and well-equipped oast house. Surrounded by fields, woodland and orchards, yet only 90 minutes from London by train or car, it is the perfect location for a running recharge. With spacious bedrooms, a superb living room/diner with logburner and views straight out on to the terrace and countryside beyond, it has everything you could need. Oh, and did we mention there’s a fabulous country pub in walking distance?! We design our retreat itineraries to ensure you have a great running experience – and a relaxing break – while you are with us and go home armed with new tips and ideas to implement later on.
Limited to 10 places max.
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, trail and hill skills, strength and conditioning and pace development. We’ll also talk practical nutrition, injury prevention and recovery. Every guest will receive a one-hour one-to-one consultation during their stay.
On Sunday morning, there’s 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, followed by a well-earned recovery session. Then you’ll have a free afternoon to mooch around Rye’s antique shops and quirky boutiques, or spend as you choose, before we head out for dinner.
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 retreat – all prepared using locally-sourced ingredients and chosen and timetabled specifically to aid performance and recovery. Every single one of the guests on our last retreat gave the food a score of ten out of ten.
And when you’re not running, you’ll be able to relax in style and comfort. All the houses we use for our retreats are hand-picked for their location, quality and comfort. After all, you are on holiday!
Three nights’ accommodation.
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 on Sunday evening.
All coaching, including a one-to-one consultation.
All workshops and seminars, with handouts to take away.
Transport during retreat and transfers to/from railway station if required.
Pricing (rates quoted below are per person for the whole retreat)
Double room (two sharing) £395
Double room (sole occupancy) £490
Ensuite double (two sharing) £460
Ensuite double (sole occupancy) £550
Twin room (two sharing) £395
Shepherd’s Hut (two sharing) £360
Shepherd’s Hut (sole occupancy) £450
Running adventures and guided runs
If you're not in the market for a full-scale retreat or holiday, we also offer mini running adventures (1-2 days) and 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.
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.)
the 1066 trail ADVENTURE (2 days, 1 night)
next date: 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 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.
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 for 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.
£149 per person.
The trip begins on Saturday at 11am from Pevensey & Westham station and finishes at Rye station (from where you can make a return journey to Pevensey if you've parked there) late afternoon on Sunday.