In the running for record entry

Organisers are hoping to attract a record entry for the 2012 Rye Summer Classic Series opener today (Friday).

Professional event management company Nice Work says that numbers are going well and it hopes to top the 200 mark if the weather behaves.

Now in its seventh year, the popular evening running series at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve will kick-off with a 10K race starting at 7pm.

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The route is a traffic-free out and back course through the nature reserve. Fast and flat, it offers a perfect opportunity for a PB if the weather is fine, and is suitable for experienced runners and beginners alike.

Medals and prizes will be awarded on the night, plus series winners can secure an expenses trip to a European race. The other races in the series will be over a 5K distance on Friday August 17 (following a change of date from Wednesday August 15) and Friday September 14.

There will also be children’s races immediately prior to the start of each adult race.

The Emperor’s New Shoes is supporting the series and will be offering a pair of shoes as a prize to the winners of the men’s and women’s series.

Based in Iden, The Emperor’s New Shoes specialise in minimalist and barefoot running shoes. Since October 2011, the company has taken its mobile store to races across the south east and it will be at all three of the Rye Summer Classic Series races.

The Emperor’s New Shoes is owned by husband and wife Jeff Pyrah and Sam Murphy. Jeff is a lifelong runner and won the Rye Summer Classic Series in 2010. Sam has run 15 marathons with a PB of 3.22, and is a journalist, author and running coach. Together they lead and coach the Rye Runners.