Adventure, fitness and fun in Friston Forest


An innovative new adventure fitness event will take place in Friston Forest later this year.

Chris Payne, a 24-year-old graduate from Seaford, has created the idea in a bid to promote fitness, raise money for charities and provide an exciting challenge for the public.

Chris said: “Payne Games is a fun adventure obstacle course with a combination of classic and unique obstacles, without the pain from fire, ice and electric shocks, which many other events have.

“This event will be enjoyable for anyone who can walk or run 5k, as it has several levels of difficult for each obstacle, where possible.

“As this is our first event, this will be cheaper than many over adventure events. To ensure we are an ethical company, as soon as we are making a profit, 25 per cent of net profit will be given to charity.

“Some of the many possible obstacles on this event include a maze, rope climb, sandbag carry, tyre run, monkey bars, wire crawl and a spider’s web.”

The event, due to take place on July 23 and 24, will have experienced staff, be fully risk assessed and insured and have an independent health and safety advisor to assess risks. It will be environmentally conscious and will ensure as little impact is made to the area.

Chris added: “This event will have no prizes for winning, as it will not be timed, and aims to encourage participants to use teamwork to help their own teams but also other members on the course.”

Chris is a volunteer lifeguard and trustee at Seaford Lifeguards. He works for the social enterprise The National Lifesaving Academy as their business development manager and junior lifeguard instructor.

He developed and run the National Lifesaving Academy Junior Lifeguard Programme and taught classes in Seaford and Alfriston emergency first aid in 2015.

For more information about the event, visit or find it on Facebook at and Twitter @PayneGamesLtd.

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