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Truleigh Hill run, Saturday 7th Dec

Hmm, no 'which way did they go?' required on this route

Hmm, no ‘which way did they go?‘ required on this route

If you’re building up for the Brighton Marathon, Half Marathon, or simply wanting to enjoy a social run then DON’T miss this 6 mile run this weekend (please note if you are new to us, you MUST have run this distance recently to attend).

It’s a hilly one, aimed to build strength and endurance in both body and mind. It is an out and back route so there are no complicated turns to make.

Simply run with a Fitbitch running buddy and enjoy the spectacular views – and the motivating chat to get you up those hills.

We will be meeting slightly earlier to ensure those who would like to, can return to the seafront to meet our other runners – and kids – taking part in the Santa Dash!

Location: Devil’s Dyke car park (please note parking is £2)

Time: 8am for a strict 8.05am departure

Coach: Rachael & RA Sarah

Price: £10 payable online. If you have purchased a course please also book in using your coupon code.

Need a lift? Please leave a message on our fAcebook page www.facebook.com/inspirationalwomensfitness or on our Fitbitch Running Club facebook group.


Resilient runners, Wednesday 4th December

Don't hold back with the training!

Don’t hold back with the training!

In order to become a better, more resilient runner, it’s important to also train the front and transverse planes of movement. Confused? That’s why we are here. Wednesday will once again focus on strength and conditioning that can benefit runners in numerous ways and help prevent injury.

The session will be in circuit formation and will involve some bodyweight exercises so bring a mat if you have one. We remain thorough on coaching correct technique so it’s still suitable for any one who hasn’t attended our sessions before.

MEET: Outside the lifeguard hut (corner of Hove Street and parking at King Alfred).

TIME: 7.30 -8.30 pm

COACH: Kate (07702 983744)

Book online here


5 miles Brooks training or a social run. Sunday 27th October.

Don't take the lonely road to training - take the FitBitch way!

Don’t take the lonely road to training – take the FitBitch way!

This weekend our run is off road, heading towards Devils Dyke with an out and back route. There is  a mile loop by the Devils Dyke pub where the views look over surrounding villages. We will then turn back as we take in the views of the sea.

BROOKS 10k –  This run will allow you to work on pace as the pathway is a gravel surface with only slight incline as we head towards Devils Dyke. If you’re not training for the Brooks 10k this makes a nice, steady social run to keep some distance up before starting on another training plan.

MEET: Second car park on Devils Dyke Road. Please comment if you would like a lift.

TIME: 8:20 to start at 8:30 am.

Coach and R/A: Kate (07702983744). Karen.

Sunday runs cost £10 and are only bookable online. No cash on the day. Bookhere

Be an injury free runner with strength and conditioning workouts. Wednesday 23rd October.

FitBitch fun

FitBitch fun

Amsterdam completed, next up is the Brighton Brooks 10k. If you’re not already one of our regular runners then come and train with us for some amazing experiences and friendships. This Wednesday the session will be focusing on strength and conditioning work. Not just on our lower bodies but also the core and upper body. Core muscles are fundamental in stabilising us and the arms play their role too. Try running with your arms by your side! Stronger arms will help us gain power when running but don’t be alarmed, you won’t walk away looking like Popeye!

The session will be mainly compound exercises where you’ll be using a variety of muscle groups with a small amount of running thrown in. If you do have a mat them please bring it along.

PLACE AND TIME: Lifeguard hut, corner of Hove Street (parking at King Alfred car park) @ 7.30 pm

COACH: Kate (07702983744)

£5 please book online here

Strength and conditioning for runners. Wednesday 18th September.

Core for runners

Core for runners

Running is a fantastic form of exercise because all it takes is a pair of trainers.
But the more experienced you become, the more you realise that there is more to it than just plodding along the pavement.
Come to our next training session which will focus on strength and conditioning specifically for runners.
We will focus on legs, core and arm exercises designed to help build strength and improve speed and prevent injury.
This one hour session will mainly be specific exercises rather than a run, and will help give pointers on technique.

Meet Kate (07702983744) on the lawns adjacent to Hove Street by the life guard hut. Parking in King Alfred Centre. Please note, if you are doing our 0-5k BEGINNERS COURSE,  your coach Karen will also be meeting at this place.

TIME: 7.30 pm

Drop in fee: £5 to be paid online – annual members please use your code. Click here


Downs to Sea, Sunday 9th June

Summer running

Summer running

Make the most of this fantastic weather to get your running mojo back – or build on your current distance.

This weekend’s Sunday run is an off-road 4mile route that will encompass a heart pumping climb to start – (but it’s an important part of training and we’ll be with you encouraging you every step of the way). You will be rewarded with stunning views and a lovely downhill and flat route along the sea to finish.

This run will help our 10k runners build distance but is also open to any new members or our regulars who would just like to enjoy a run this weekend.

If you are new to us, you must comment here and email us for a new runners form to fill out.


Location: Meet Asda Marina car park (free parking for 3 hours)

Time: 8.15am for a prompt 8.30am depature

Run Crew Angels: Rachael/or Karen, & Tor

Price: £10 drop in – please note, our new courses will be released soon and are the MOST economical way of attending our run club.

Stanmer in Spring time, Sunday 7th April

Spring is coming

Spring is coming

Brighten up your Sunday with a run from Stanmer where the daffodils will be on show  – er, along with the Spring sun according to the forecast.

We have two different mileage groups this week, the taper 7miles for our marathon group who will join those training for the BlueBell 10k, also running 7miles.

And the race simulation 10miles for our BlueBell longer distance group, with a lap at the end to help you all focus on race preparation.

We are nearing the final weeks of training for both these groups and so neither are suitable for beginners or those not used to off road running (our new groups for beginners-intermediates start in a few weeks).

And let’s support our marathon runners – their last Sunday run before the big day! We will be organising Support Bases for next Sunday’s marathon.

Please note that next week’s training run will take place on Saturday so that we can support our marathon runners.

Coffees can be enjoyed after at Stanmer House if anyone wants to stop for a drink.


Location: Car Park to the right of the entrance to Stanmer Park

Time: 8.30am run departure

7 mile group & marathon taper, Coach: Melissa, RA: Karen Russell and Melanie Lankester

10mile group: Coach: Kate, RA: Elspeth

Cost: £7 all runs

Running Etiquette:

  • Please arrive in time to pay, and be briefed on the run (we leave at 8.30am so you need to be there before)
  • We run in groups, if you are fast we may give you some extra work (speed repeats or more) to help improve your running while others catch up – don’t worry, this most definitely won’t affect your run speed!
  • Don’t run ahead of the front coach. If you are caught between a front and back group, only proceed on the route if you can see the group up head. If not, wait.
  • If you decide to turn back let one of our ambassadors or coaches know.
  • If you’ve not been before, email us in advance info@fitbitchbootcamp.com

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

Conditioning & Release, Weds 13th Feb

AT the BlueBell run last year

Correct conditioning & foam rolling ensures you look this happy when you run

In a change to the training plan for many of you, this week we are going to be focusing on exercises to ensure the ‘switching’ on of the correct muscles for running, as well as foam rolling for performance and injury rehab.

This session is suitable for everyone from beginners to the advanced. Before conditioning with weights or loading with speed, the foundations –  ensuring the right muscles (for most of us female runners, the glute or butt muscles as most of us know them) are firing.

This then sets the correct chain of muscle activation to help ensure injury free running, upon which strength, speed and improved  performance can be built.

And for our Brighton Half Marathon and Marathon crew,  as well as our newbies, the foam rolling element will help free your body up ready for this weekend’s race.

We will be working on all these aspects this Wednesday so please purchase and bring a foam roller with you. You can get these at SweatShop on Queens Road, Brighton and many local sports stores. (SS offer 10% off for Fitbitches so please mention  us).

The best one to get is The Grid, but a simple foam type (15cms by 45cms or 15cms by 90cms) will suffice for new runners.  (and all of you reading this thinking, ‘I’ll just go and watch and then decide if I need to buy one,’ you WILL need one and should be using it  regularly. )

Wrap  up warm with lots of layers. You will be working but it will not be the same as a sprint session.



Time: 7.30pm

Where: Lawns adjacent to Hove Street, next door to King Alfred Centre

Price: £5

COACH: Rachael

Conditioning and the need for speed to improve your running.Wednesday 23rd January.

The reason for speed work is more than a quick dash from the horse.

The reason for speed work is more than a quick dash from the horse.

It’s important to have strong core as a runner to prevent injuries and stabilise the trunk, plus help improve technique when fatigued on an endurance run. Half and full marathon runners you will reap the benefits by including this in your training.

Another important principle as a runner is speedwork. This often gets overlooked when people are training for a long distance run. The body has a natural ability to adapt to physiological demands. Training at the same pace day after day fails to improve running performance. But break out of that comfort zone with speedwork now and then, and the body will learn to deal with the new demands. The heart will get stronger, the cardiovascular system more efficient and the muscles are able to function better at full force. That will all translate to greater strength, faster and easier endurance runs. It is a session that caters for all abilities, even if you think you can only run at one pace, you’ll be surprised at how you can go faster for a short period of time once you have had effective coaching.

MEET: Hove Street, near King Alfred car park and the lifeguard hut. Time: 7.30 – 8.30pm

Coach: Kate 07702983744

Drop in £5.