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Stunning scenic run, Sunday 17th March, 8.30am

Happy Sunday running

Jump, smile and run.

Don’t miss our next Sunday, particularly if you are training for the BlueBell 10k or 10mile as building your mileage gradually, and your hill training is important.

Choose from 6miles (those training for 10k) or 8.5miles (training for 10miles) or if you’re new to us, come along and join us for a social run.

It will start from Hove Park, with a flat route before heading up to the Downs and returning to the park. Those on the longer route will finish with a pacey lap to help focus the mind on race strategy – and just because it’s good to finish on a high!

Our marathon group hit 19miles this week and the advantage of going long? You get to enjoy so much scenery and this route has it all. Sea, river and the downs.

It is a hilly route but where there is an up, there is a down to help you stretch out your legs.

The routes have been chosen to avoid any open fields where it will be very soggy after the snow. BUT trail shoes are probably preferable if you have them.


Running etiquette: Please note that we leave at 8.30am from the start so be there with time to get yourself ready and pay your drop in fees.

Please do not run ahead of the coach, or if you do stay within sight. Those running in the middle, if you lose sight of the front runner, you MUST wait for the ambassador bringing up the back so you don’t get lost.

8 & 6mile route please meet at Hove Park Cafe. 8mile route will be led by Melissa, 6mile by Kate. Running ambassador: Elspeth (group dependent on size)

Drop in: £7

Marathon group: Please meet Marrocco’s Cafe, Hove Seafront 8.30am

Our route will follow along the seafront to Shoreham, along the river and then up over the downs finishing at the cafe for an optional breakfast.

Coach: Rachael, Drop in: £10


Strength, Speed & Smile Session, Weds 13th March

Even after hard pacing, we can all smile...just!

Even after the hills we can smile

Whether you are new to us or one of our regular Weds night runners, come for a technique and speed session on hills this week.

Hill training is vital for helping to improve strength, speed, running technique and mental focus. And let’s face it, master the mind and you’ve won half the battle when it comes to hill training.

Don’t worry if you have never run with us before, we will adapt it for you. But for those who are part of our regular group this is a must-have session particularly if you have signed up for the BlueBell Run.

And for our marathon runners, it is good to do something totally out of your usual slow runs to help fire you up and feel great again. You can easily drop one of your pace sessions this week if you do this session instead.


Location: Peter Pan Playground, Madeira Drive (there are parking metres before 8pm so make sure you bring some change)

Time: 7.30pm

Drop in: £5

Coach: Kate




Off road beauty, Sunday 24th Feb


Glorious skies and witty chat on the climbs!


Whether you are still basking in the glow of finishing the Brighton Half Marathon, or simply inspired by watching your friends/partners/total strangers and want to start running yourself, come and join us this Sunday.

For those training for the Bluebell race, or those joining for a social run, there is an option of a four mile or 7mile.

The four mile is suitable for those new to our running club who can currently run 5k.  It would also be good for those who ran last week’s half marathon and would prefer something more gentle.

Please DON’T jump to 7miles (Bluebell 10miles) group if you’re training for 10k.

And for our specialist marathon group,  we start to pick up our distance to 14miles on an undulating route (with a lovely downhill section) that will build your physical and mental endurance.

We finish at Hove Park cafe for coffee.


Time: 8.30am

Location: Hove Park Cafe

Price: £7 except for Marathon group: £10, for distances over 13miles

Marathon: Melissa, with Karen Russell (N.B if you would like to join our marathon training team on a drop in basis please call Rachael 07855 742195. We are a small group so it’s perfect for those runners who may be feeling isolated or overwhelmed with their current training schedule).

BlueBell & Beginners: Melanie Anning

7mile group: Kate or Rachael, with Elspeth

General etiquette: Please stay with your group when you run. If this means you don’t run with someone you know, start chatting with someone new! This helps us keep you safe, and on the right track.

Stuck in the middle of a group and not noticed where the front leaders have gone? Don’t guess. Wait for our ambassador at the back of the group.


7 Up…training for Berlin runners &more 7-13miles, Sat 24th March

Please note that Melissa will be taking a training session for beginners and 10k BlueBell Runners and will post this later in the week.

This run is for anyone new to our run club who can already run 7 miles but would like to join a friendly crew on a guided run. And of course,  for our Berlin and 10miles BlueBell running group.

We are moving the training session to Saturday just for this week to reflect the clocks going forward on Sunday.

Although many of you should be following our training plan, we are aware that some of you are a bit behind, or are not necessarily training for anything but still would like a ‘good’ run.

So this week we are putting on a run that will include all the following distances, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 miles.

It means meeting at different locations along the route, and depending on the distance, finishing either back where you started or at Hove seafront by the trampolines.

Complicated? Not really as long as you read this post properly!

12 and 13 miles, Time: 7: 30am, Meet Hove seafront by the trampolines – don’t be late! Link here

11 miles, Time: 7.40am, Meet Brighton Pier, end Hove seafront

10 miles, Time: 7.50am, Meet Marine Drive opposite Arundel Road – Link here

9 miles, Time: 7.40am, Start at Brighton Pier, end at Brighton pier

7 miles, Time: 7.50am, Meet Marine Drive, opp Arundel Road, link above

Please comment if you are coming. If you are on time at each of these locations, you will be fine we won’t go without you. If we are not there on the time specified, we’ll only be a few minutes away.

Coach: Rachael, 07855 742195 – please call me on the day if there are any problems.

Price: £5

The Route? If you wish to look at the route, this is only available to those on a subscription package via a training programme, monthly or annual membership. Is that you? Then friend Fitbitchrunningclub (no spaces) on mapmyrun.com

To give you an idea, it will go along the seafront, over the cliffs towards Rottingdean before looping up over the Downs over Ovingdean before dropping down to the Marina again. It’s undulating. (really…not a huge hill!)



7 miles start: Brig

Step up your running – pace session Wednesday 21st March

Running made easy with correct pace work

Yes you’ve guessed it, our mid-week session is all about speed.

Pace work is incredibly rewarding because for short intervals of effort, you’ll be able to run faster for longer – great news if you’re training for the Bluebell 10k, Berlin half or the full marathon. And great for beginners too and those who just want to get fitter.

The session will teach you about pacing; the ability to control your speed over a set distance.

Do you have a tendency to run too fast at the start of a race only to feel your legs get heavy and tired half way through? This session will help you overcome this to help you start beating your race times and to run faster for longer without running out of steam.

We’ll also be looking to get you out of your running rut by increasing your cadence (that simply means moving your legs more quickly) – which will get you moving faster and reduce the risk of injury that comes from over-striding.

Please comment here if you are coming to the training so that we can plan accordingly.

Meet: Hove Promenade, in front of King Alfred (parking free after 6pm)
Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Trainers: Melissa (07894 146016)
Kate (07985 221071)
Drop in: £5.00