Tag Archives: Hove Park

Sunday August 4th. A run with stunning panoramas.

Trail running and sea views.

Trail running and sea views.

This Sunday there’s another popular FitBitch running route that’s slightly flatter than last week. It does start with a hill though. Starting from Hove Park, heading up the copse then on towards Devils Dyke, taking in the sea views as we head back to Hove.

4 miles: (Start of Amsterdam 12 week and Royal Parks 10 week plan)This route is out and back. It starts with an incline which is great training to build up muscle power and tackle hills on future runs. You return the same way, so you get plenty of recovery on the last stretch.

8 miles: Building up from the previous weeks training, the mileage has increased by 1 mile from last week. There are two rather challenging inclines followed by a flatter, faster course on the final stretch. Once again this will give you the opportunity to work on negative splits for a great fitness boosting workout.

Please comment and please note that the DROP IN OPTION CLOSES AT 6PM ON FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST. 

MEET: Hove park cafe @ 8.15am for an 8.30 start.

Coaches and R’A’s: Kate 07702983744. Karen and Elspeth.


Power your Pace Workshop. Wednesday 17th July.

Learn to finish strong and smiling!

Learn to finish strong and smiling!

What is pace, why is it important, how can you judge your own pace and improve it?

The workshop is aimed at educating runners of any ability to be able to answer the above questions regarding their own pace. This will cover training pace and why it is important to vary it, how to gauge your realistic race pace and improve as a runner. Part of the workshop involves putting into practice what you are learning so you leave with an understanding of how to use certain methods to judge your pace in training and on race day.

This is suitable for all runners from those aiming for a 5k goal, runners who want maximum benefit from training and those who have a goal to achieve a personal best at any distance race. You don’t need to be taking part in our Power your Pace 8 week plan to attend this workshop but for those that are, it will start you off with the running knowledge to follow the plan effectively.

COACH: Kate. 07702983744

MEET: Hove Park cafe @ 7.30pm – 8:30pm

The workshop is £10 and to be booked in advance via http://www.fitbitchbootcamp.com – Prices and bookings – workshops. Please note that spaces are limited


Your Pace or Mine? Training Weds 10th July

Your pace or mine?

Your pace or mine?

Improve your speed, and get your running body in better shape with this week’s sunny session on Weds evening.

Suitable for all levels, including newcomers (please fill in the form on the new members page if you are coming for the first time), we will be working on short runs at a faster pace.

Don’t worry, there will be a pace to suit all but we WILL be working you outside your usual comfort zone as it is only by making you run faster in some training sessions that you improve.

In a departure from our usual location, this week’s session will be at Hove Park, meeting by the basketball courts. Please leave any valuables in your car. Bring a heart rate monitor if you have one.


AND DON’T FORGET, IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PACE, what it is, why it is useful and how to work out your pace for a half marathon or 10km, then book next week’s running Pace Workshop

The Pace workshop will be free to those booking our Run It Fast courses for the Bacchus/Bristol/Firle Half Marathons (these are available to book as a package of half Sunday’s too if you can’t commit to all – Book here

Time: 7.30pm

Coach: Rachael

Drop in; £5


Saturday 6th October. 8:00 am start. A Saturday run for all.

Scenery Sunday – the view from the top

That’s not a mistake in the day and time (yes, I know by error I jumped a month ahead in last weeks post!) Due to the Rise 8k and The Royal Parks Half Marathon, we are having our group run on the Saturday at an earlier time of 8am.

Once again we are offering a range of distances. If you are following one of are training plans, we suggest you stick to the distance stated for this weekend. For Brooks 10k runners, the choice of distance is dependant on individual ability. This weeks run is an introduction to the glorious off-road routes, where the views of the sea appear over the fields.

The shortest route is 4 miles, which will turn back at 2 miles and head back to Hove Park, which is everyone’s starting point. All distances start with an incline. But good news, it’s a great way to work on muscular strength as well as endurance.

For those who opt for the 5 mile route, you will stay on the Downs for a loop which takes you back to the park from a different direction. If you decide to cut your run shorter at the half way point then you can do a there and back with the 4 mile runners. Or vice versa, if you feel that you are capable to go that extra mile then you can. As long as you inform our Running Ambassadors before switching.

There is a 6 mile option which is the same off road route as the 5 miles, but adding on the distance by doing a wider lap round Hove.

An 8 mile route will take you slightly further over the Downs before looping back into Hangleton.

All routes end up back in Hove Park which is a convenient stop for coffee after the post run stretch.

Meet: Top corner of Hove Park. Junction of Goldstone Crescent and Woodland Drive. Parking is free.

Time: 8:00 am

Coaches: 8 miles – Kate 07702983744

6 miles – Melissa 07894146016. Running Ambassador: Karen R

4 and 5 miles – Tor and Mel L

Drop in £5

It is important to comment if you are able to join us this week.

Sunday run. Training on trails. Sunday 19th August.

Finishing at the park cafe with big smiles. Coffee anyone?

Sundays run will meet in Hove Park. We offer a choice of distances to cater for our various training plans. Each distance will cover some off-road with a slight hill. Perfect for some conditioning work to recruit the muscles and ease the joints.

Depending on demand for options on distances we will have:

3 mile – a slight incline as you leave the park, turning at the top of a trail before heading back down into the park. If you wish to run shorter than 3 miles, you can walk through the park as a cool down. There will be a coach by the cafe ready to go over post run stretching.

5 mile – as above but continuing along towards Devils Dyke before heading back. Again we will have a running coach to assist with stretches.

11 – 12 mile – starting out with the shorter distances then heading further towards the Dyke. This route will be a loop and ending up in the park. For 12 miles you will finish with a lap of the park.

It is very important to comment so we know in advance how many coaches we need per distance. What we ask from you is that you arrive promptly to listen to a pre run brief, give contact details and make us aware of your distance and ability so we can try to pair you up with other runners and distribute our coaches and ambassadors to suit everyone. We now operate a policy where a running coach/ambassador will be at the finish point until our last runners come in. Every single runner will receive assistance with the post – run stretches.

Meet: Hove Park cafe.

Time: 8:30am

Coaches: Kate 07702983744, Melissa 07894146016. Ambassador: Mel L and Karen.

Drop in: £5

Sunday 8th July, Messing about on the river

There’s always someone to run with and keep you going!

Don’t miss this Sunday’s beautiful run – for one, it’s flat. But for another it is very scenic with the river, the Downs and the gorgeous, quirky houseboats of Shoreham to nosily peer into as we pass.

It is also an out and back route so it is simple to find your way back, making it suitable for any distance from 3miles and up.

We will be leading groups doing 6miles and 9.3miles but if you want to go shorter, please come along but let us know by commenting here.

In fact, all comment here if you are coming and also if you need a lift.

Meet: Shoreham-by Sea car park, just behind Lower Beach Road on this map

Time: 8.30am

Coaches: Rachael & Kate

Run Ambassador: Mel Anning

Phone: 07855 742195

Drop in: £5

Sunday 15th January. 5, 8 or 9 miles, Off – road running. Refresh the joints and work the muscles.

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

There’s not many places that offer you both the glorious landscape of sea and country in one glance. Just like there isn’t many sports that give you the opportunity to appreciate the views. Some of our Sunday running sessions take us on an off-road experience, where the scenery makes the  effort you’ll be putting in, seem much more enjoyable.

In addition to enjoying the surroundings, your muscles get a maximum workout.    The joints get a rest from the pavement pounding that road running requires and your  sense of balance gets challenged as you use your muscle fibres to stabilise your steps. Amplify the calories burnt from road running too, once you set of on the trails. Especially when there’s hill work thrown in!

This week we will be meeting in Hove Park where we will head west towards Hangleton then up into the Downs towards Devils Dyke. Look out for Deer racing ahead, but no pressure to race against them, it’s a steady run at a pace that suits whatever ability you are.

Once again there is a choice of distance. We have a shorter route of 5 miles, which will head north  towards The Dyke.

The longer run will be up to 9 miles with more hill work. The last mile is an extra loop of the Common just before turning towards  Hove Park, so if 8 miles is more suitable for you then it’s an option to miss the last mile out.

Please comment below if you are joining us and what distance you are running. Thank you.

Meet: Hove Park Cafe

Time: 8:30am

Trainer: Kate, Naomi and Melissa (5 miles)

Contact: Kate 07702983744

Drop in £5