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Brighton Half Marathon & Marathon Course

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If you’ve seen our photograpahs of our recent Amsterdam Half Marathon trip on our Facebook page, you will  have seen that training in a group together can make running fun, rewarding and help to ensure you make your distance even when you feel like staying in bed!

Now it’s your chance. Our Brighton Half Marathon training course starts on Weds 20th November.

What do you get:

  • 11 X Weds 7.30pm training sessions incorporating strength training to help prevent injury and make you more efficient
  • 10 X Sunday runs from 8.30am off road and on road to help you build you distance in a supportive environment, all with women training for the same race
  • A training plan, expert coaching guidance and fun

You can either book the entire course, or just Weds or Sundays. Drop ins will continue to be available for all but the most cost efficient way is to book the course. FULL course, £129 Sundays only £90.

We would also encourage those new to us, to book the course so we can work with you and develop your running with the right degree of attention.

PLEASE note, that the Sunday part of the course is ONLY open to runners who can currently, and regularly run four miles. If you need help reaching this mileage between now and Weds 19th, please get in touch for one to one help.

(FRunClub closes for Xmas December 22nd and returns on Sun Jan 5th)


Want to join our women only marathon training? You will need to fulfill the following pre-requisites

1. Train with us throughout our half marathon training to achieve a time of 2hrs 05mins or less so you can then join our 14, 15, 17, 19 and 21 miles training runs throughout Feb-April.

2. OR be able to send us a link to show your recent half marathon time of under 2hrs 5mins in which case, you will able to join just our long training runs in Febuary if you prefer.

This will allow our long run training group to stay together at a similar pace.  Our prices and booking for the half marathon to marathon training will be released in the next few weeks. Long run training will be led by Karen Russell, a veteran of three marathons and experienced in endurance running.

Our marathon coaches Rachael and Kate are also available for one to one marathon coaching (for men and women). BEtween them they’ve run 9 marathons, from Mumbai to New York, Lake Garda to London.

They help improve your technique, make you more efficient as a runner with strength and flex conditioning and help  with all your questions about nutrition, race psychology, training kit and more.




Sea to Downs, Training run Sunday 10th Feb


Come and join us for a fantastic Sunday run that will take our Brighton Half Marathon runners into a taper ready for next Wednesday, while building distance or experience for our Brighton Marathon or BlueBell Groups.

Marathon Group, 13miles,after last week’s flat route, a mix of hills and flats to help build endurance and mental strength

Coach: Melissa, Ambassador Karen Russell

Half Marathon Group 8 miles
A flat route to start to help you pick up your speed before heading over the Downs

Coach: Rachael, Ambassador: Mel Lankester

Bluebell Groups:
This will be a flat route to help you build strength and speed.

Training for 10k: 3.5miles with Kate

Training for 10miles: 5 miles with Mel Anning.


All our plans are written carefully to ensure you reach your race goal without injury so please do not jump up a mileage group without talking to us first.

Meet: Asda car park, Marina

Time for departure: 8.30am

Drop in: £7


Brooks 10k, Brighton Half and Brighton Marathon for Beginners

Start now while there are still blue skies!

So, you’ve signed up for the Brighton Half or the Brighton Marathon and are beginning to feel the first twinges of nerves?

Or, more likely, you are burrowing your head in the sand and thinking you’ll start worrying about it nearer the time.

If you are a beginner, or someone returning to running after a long break, NOW is the timeto start training  if you are doing the marathon or the half. Here’s why..

1. It’s warmer, there is less rain (yes, really) and more likelihood of blue skies at this time of year. 

And that means it’s more  likely that you will feel like getting out the door to run. Wait until later in the year when it’s cold and wet, and when you have not yet felt ‘the runner’s high’ which makes you run in all weathers, and finding the motivation to start will be far harder.

2. To avoid the ‘Eeek, I’ve not started training,’ horror that hits in January

The Brighton Marathon is so far away, for most new runners it does not feel like a reality until often it’s too late. All of a sudden it is Xmas.

And even then, you’re likely to think, ‘Oh well, I may as well wait until after Christmas so I can start afresh when I’m stopped drinking.’

Then, it’s January and if you’re a beginner, or even an intermediate, that is way, way too late and will almost certainly end in injury because of the demands you will put on your body with the excessive volume of training you will need to do.

Start now, and you will be able to build gradually so it will seem achievable and your body will be ready for it.

3. It’s fun. Why put off what hundreds of Fitbitch runners do every week, not out of obligation or to adhere to some attempt to lose weight. But simply because it leaves them feeling good. (although, it does help you shape up too, which can’t be bad.)

Think about setting yourself a ‘stepping stone’ race, like the Brooks 10k which will help lay the foundations, not only of your running strength but your confidence too.

Our eight week training package starts THIS WEDNESDAY. Details here.

From there you can join our 12 weeks to Brighton Half group, or our 22 week Brighton Marathon group which starts when that group finishes.

Details, prices and booking information for these groups will be posted this week here.

Any questions, please get in touch with Rachael on 07855 742195 or email info@fitbitchbootcamp.com.

Visit here for details of the Brooks 10k Package. Training for Brighton Half And then you won’t train because you’ll

Beginner Runners & Beyond – the new season

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Don’t miss our next beginners to 10 package for the Brooks 10k starting Weds 24th September

Signed up for the Brighton marathon – don’t miss the  start of our training particularly if you are a beginner – 29th October

If you are already part of our running community, you will have seen all our pictures from our recent race at the Firle Half Marathon and 10k last weekend.

It was a fantastic day of incredible achievements from all. Over a third of our runners  started as beginners, so huge congratulations to Suzy Curd on her first ever half marathon (and a huuugely hilly one!) and our first time 10k runners (or first for a while!) Amy, Kathryn, Penny and Sara who only joined us just a little over eight weeks ago.

And to Karen Napleton who was the third fastest female and Suzanne Ford who showed amazing grit and determination. So many runners to mention but you were all fab!

If you have been inspired by them, or run in Firle and are now looking for your next challenge – or just a race to help you maintain your newfound running mojo, here are our next upcoming dates for 2012 and beyond (the first date indicates the race date – some tbc as they are not released yet, and the second when training starts).

If you would like to join us, you can come to any session for £5 drop in or book a package of runs (currently only the Brooks 10k package is available for booking online and our annual membership – new prices will be released for remaining packages).

Please note, we will also be releasing two ‘performance’ events next season including an adventure race and a further trail race for those looking for something different.


* Oct 7th Rise Undercliff 8k for Women, training has started £5 drop in
(available as a relay of 2k for four runners)

* Nov 18th Brooks 10k, training starts Weds 26th Sept Book here

Dec 9th Mince Pie 10miles


* Feb 17th Brighton Half Marathon, training starts 29th October

* Feb 24th Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, starts 29th October

* March 3, INTERNATIONAL Antalya Half Marathon, Turkey, training starts 5 November

* April 14th Brighton Marathon 24 week beginners training starts 29th October, beg-int 20 weeks starts 26th November, SOS ‘argh left it too late’ rescue starts 7th Jan

* April 21st BlueBell 10k and 10miles trail

* 8th June South Downs Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay

* 24th June, North Devon Trail Half Marathon and Marathon

Building distance: Training Saturday 25th Feb, 8.30am

See your running take off with our training

Beginners, returners to runners, last week’s Half Marathon runners and our ongoing Brighton Marathon Running Group, this run is for all of you.

To ensure enough coaches for all the different levels we have again switched it to this Saturday but this is NOT a regular thing. It will be Sunday usually.

Beginners/Returners – your choice is a 3 or 5mile flat route (out and back) to help build your confidence and for you to focus on your technique and posture when you are running. Coach: Melissa

Berlin Runners/or those want to keep their distance up – an 8 mile there and back route, mostly flat but with some off road elements perfect to keep your endurance running muscles but with a recovery type run after last week’s Half Marathon. Coach:Rachae

Marathon Runners: our ongoing marathon runners will take a longer route off-road before returning to the flat for a 14mile run. Coach: Kate


ALL THE ROUTES are available to view at mapmyrun.com if you ask to be the friend of the FitBitch Running Club. However, access to the many routes that you can use for your own training are only open to those with annual membership, or those who have previously been part of a training group with us, or are currently paying for a training package.

To give those going the longer route some idea of the route it will head up to the Marina before going off-road over Ovingdean (and then Rottingdean if with the marathon group) before heading back along the seafront.

Location: Hove Lawns Cafe (NOT the one near the Peace Statue)

Time: 8.30am, Saturday

Drop in: £5