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Where to go running in Sussex

Posted 8 January 2019 by Andrew Gardner

Sussex hosts loads of running events, from family fun-runs to 10ks, half and full marathons (not for the faint-hearted - Three Forts Challenge or Beachy Head, anyone?) and on different terrain, from Wealden woodland to the rolling South Downs and the coast (try the 1066 Road Relay between Pevensey and Rye). If you're taking part, book your holiday cottage here to relax afterwards!

Meanwhile, some Park Runs near the Sussex seaside to whet your appetite...

Bevendean Down

There are several Park Runs around Brighton & Hove but we've picked this one as it's on the South Downs and therefore relatively rugged, with some fab views over Brighton Racecourse and the city skyline and, of course, out to sea. It's all on grass so can get and muddy and slippery, and you might meet cattle grazing in the field. Not your average park!


One of the nearest if you're staying in our Lewes holiday cottages. Nice gentle, slightly undulating terrain with pea-shingle paths and some grass underfoot, and some gorgeous sea views (for those who take the time to look!).


You want to run along the seafront? This one's for you, especially if you're staying in one of our Hastings or Rye holiday cottages. It's all on tarmac is very flat, with only one turn, so it can be quite a fast course. Right on the promenade and near the pier, so you can cool off in the sea afterwards if you wish!


This one starts right by the Festival Theatre and is mainly on grass around Oaklands Park, with some gravel and tarmac. A lovely location for runners, walkers and holidaymakers – why not explore Chichester afterwards? Our holiday cottages near Chichester and Goodwood are the perfect place to start.

East Grinstead

If you're on holiday in the Ashdown Forest this one could be handy. There's some woodland and it can get muddy, but then if you're an Ashdown Forest sort of person that won't worry you at all!

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