The first ever, long distance, multi-stage Ekiden Relay race took place on the reserve on Friday 31st May, raising almost £4000 for the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre.
The Discovery Centre is a joint project between Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
An impressive 50 adult teams, each comprising six people, entered the Ekiden Relay, the first time a race of this kind has been staged in East Sussex. Two teams were from Baxall Construction, who are contractors for the Discovery Centre. They named their teams 'Team #are we there yet?' and 'Team Scrambled Legs'.
It was also great to welcome ten teams of children, who prepared for the race beforehand by practising handing over the baton.
It was lovely to see so many families and friends coming along, offering enthusiastic support. The weather was kind, and there was a great atmosphere.
Appeal Director Kim Deshayes said, "What a fantastic turnout of teams, for a super inaugural Ekiden Relay. Many thanks to everyone who took part, to the sponsors for making it possible and to Nice Work for their professional event organisation. It was great fun and a brilliant fundraiser for the Discovery Centre project."
The junior race was won by Grassrunners. The Hastings Athletics Club team led by Peter Baker won the adult race.
Sussex Wildlife Trust is grateful for to Wide Eye, Wisdens and Gusbourne for their generous donations of prizes.
The Ekiden Relay was organised by local company Nice Work, and sponsored by RX Architects.
Many thanks also to the other local business sponsors - WS Wright (who also both put in adult and junior teams), Coast View Properties and Coast Pro Developments.