Running Forever brings together the passion, expertise and experience of husband-and-wife team, Sam Murphy and Jeff Pyrah. Both lifelong runners and British Athletics-qualified coaches, we live and breathe running – be it for pure pleasure, exploration, personal challenge or competition.

Sam Murphy

My inner athlete lay dormant throughout my schooldays (I shirked PE, preferring to dream about boys and smoke behind the science block!) but after entering a Race for Life, aged 19, I unexpectedly fell in love with running. Three decades on, I’m just as passionate, both about my own running (I compete at distances ranging from 5K to ultra) and, as a qualified and licensed coach, about helping others find and coax out their own inner athlete!

I have a first-class honours degree in Exercise Science and, as a trained journalist, have created a career combining writing about running with coaching runners. I’ve worked with organisations including The London Marathon, The Running Show, ASICS and BBC5Live and I’m a regular media commentator (TV, radio and print) on all things running.

I’m the author of three books (including Run for Life, which has sold 250,000 copies and been translated into 13 languages), or you may know me from the longstanding Murphy’s Lore column in Runner’s World magazine. As well as running, I enjoy hiking, camping, wild swimming, kayaking, good coffee, red wine and ginger cake (but not all at once).

  PBs 5K 20.04 10K 41.13 Half Marathon 1.32.07 Marathon 3.22.03

Sam Murphy

Jeff Pyrah

I was lucky enough to discover running when I was a pint-sized 8-year old. My friend’s dad – a lifelong runner – volunteered to come to our school and get everyone running. Ian Wainwright coached and advised me through school and beyond, instilling the ethos and approach that we now impart to others - make it fun, make it inclusive (he got my parents running too), make it varied; support everyone and help them get the best out of themselves.

I was twice British Orienteering Champion as a junior and, as part of the British Junior Squad, spent many a summer in Scandinavia, learning how to structure my training, set goals and perform under pressure.

I spent my thirties partying in London, but rediscovered my love for running when I met Sam in 2007. Getting into triathlon, and transitioning to running as close to barefoot as possible gave my running a new lease of life and since turning 40, I have won The Grizzly, the Beachy Head Marathon and Centurion’s Wendover Woods 50-mile race and represented England at the marathon as a v45.

Inspired by the great coaching I’ve received in the past, I trained to become a coach myself, and have gone on to qualify as a Fell Running Leader and National Navigation Award Scheme tutor. My coaching expertise is in helping athletes prepare and peak for a particular race to achieve their goal, whether on the roads or on the trails.

  PBs 5k 15.20 10k 31.31 Half-marathon 1.09.41 Marathon 2.28.58

Jeff Pyrah

Our Team

David Brightling

Qualified as a running leader in 2017. He is one of our fastest runners with a half marathon PB of 1.26.29 - and is particularly strong on trails thanks to years of being chased by bloodhounds! He regularly leads on our guided long runs.

Fiona Patten

Joined Rye Runners after suffering a stroke in her late 30s. She’s since run numerous 10Ks and half marathons. She is an invincible force, acting as Rye Runners’ social secretary as well as being a caring and supportive leader. She also runs a walking group on Friday mornings.

Gareth McCully

First discovered the joys of running when he joined Rye Runners in 2010 and has never looked back. He’s our longest-standing leader at Rye Runners and heads up our beginners’ courses with great empathy and humour.

Grainne Hashemi

Has worked in mental health for 20 years, and is a strong believer in the benefits of running for both physical and mental health. Happiest on the trails, she has coached at our Rye and Tenterden groups since earning her leader qualification in 2018.

Jane Elcombe

has been with Rye Runners since the early days and is an avid racer (especially if there’s quality bling involved!) with a marathon PB of 3.59.19. After helping out on one of our beginners’ courses, she became a qualified leader in 2019 and coaches at both Rye and Tenterden.

Ryan Isles

Brings new meaning to the term ‘long run’ – regularly taking on crazy challenges in the form of solo 24-hour runs and 100-mile races. As well as being a Rye Runners leader, he helps guide on Running Forever long runs and adventures.

Ted Wilson

Started running with us in 2012. He was worried about the impact on his knees (he’s not called Big Ted for nothing) but after realising he just needed to build up slowly, he’s gone on to run two London Marathons and became a leader in 2016.

Morris

started running as soon as he could get all four legs to work in unison. He likes nothing better than chasing rabbits around the fields and cooling off in ponds. His Parkrun PB is better than Sam’s. She isn’t bothered. Much.