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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)

BRIGHTON MARATHON COURSE

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.

 

 

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Stanmer Beauty, Sunday 16th June

Stunning Stanmer

Stunning Stanmer

Get ready for some beautiful summer running with this 5mile off  road trail through Stanmer Park.

Perfect for those training for the Seaford 10k, but also our regular runners who would like to focus on upping their pace on the hills.

Best thing about this run? There’s always coffee and/or brekkie at Stanmer House afterwards.

You do NOT need to be a member to join us as you can just pay a drop in fee. Although you must already be comfortable with running this distance.

Complete beginner? Watch out for our brand new Summer 2013 packages which will be announced this week.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH STAFF.

Fitbitch crew: Kate, Melissa & Melanie Anning

Drop in: £10

Location: Car park directly on the left as you enter the park

Time: 8.15am for a prompt 8.30am departure.

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.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING, EVEN IF YOU HAVE PAID FOR A COURSE SO WE CAN ENSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH COACHES.

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.

Sign up for our next Learn to run 10k course

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Want to be part of the fastest growing women only running revolution in the South East?

With an expert, all female coaching team who have run everything from 5k to marathons, along with a staff of ambassadors, many of whom started as beginners with us before becoming coaches themselves, we understand what it’s like to be a beginner.

To become part of the Fitbitch running community means stunning weekend runs, and a fab network of like-minded women. Not to mention the fact that it’s a great way of getting in shape.

This 10k training plan and group with train you up for the 10k Seaford race on 7th July. Although if you’d prefer to just train without the event, that’s fine too.

Book soon if you want to be part of the course as there are limited spaces. If you can’t make all the weekend runs, you can still do drop-ins and our plans are £15 (complimentary when you buy a package).

Want to book? Follow this link http://www.fitbitchbootcamp.com/category/prices-booking/running-club-prices-booking/

 

Beauty & the beast training run, Sunday 21st April

time to ditch the thermals?

time to ditch the thermals?

Whether you are a beg-int looking for a fun group to run with, or you are part of our crew training for the beginners Kamikaze Adventure Race, South Downs or Seaford Half Marathon & Tough Mudder foundation runs – you’ll love this Sunday’s training run.

We will be offering a 3miles (beg-int, Kamikaze teams) run, along with a six mile tarmac to off-road route that will go out over Rottingdean to Saltdean and return (longer route) and a small loop for the shorter distance.

It is a beautiful run (and the forecast is for blue skies) but there is a hill – hence the beast!

But our run ambassadors and coaches will ensure we are there to help coax you up the hill – and it will make you stronger.

And for the advanced, faster runners amongst you, we have a twist. …You’ll just have to come along and see what it is!

Drop ins are welcome at £10 but package prices are also available (missed or going to miss a Sunday session the package? use against our yoga classes on Monday).

PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING AND TO WHICH DISTANCE.

Please be on time as we will be leading a dynamic warm up at 8.30am which you will require.

Location: Rottingdean Tesco Car Park (pay and display_

Drop in: £10

Time: 8.15am for an 8.30am departure

3miles, Melissa with Melanie A

6 miles, Kate with Elspeth

Please note that ALL our package prices are bookable from our sister site. http://www.fitbitchbootcamp.com – which you can link to from here via our Courses Pages.

 

 

Tempo & Technique, Weds 10th April, 7.30pm

Why? Because it boosts your mood...and your butt too

Why? Because it boosts your mood…and your butt too

We will have two training sessions this week, one for those begs-intermediates training with us for the 10k Heroes Race. And another for our current groups, or those experienced runners who just want to get out and run.

It doesn’t matter what your standard, what your fitness level, nor your speed. Just come and join us.

Our beginners group, who book our 10k package (although you are welcome to pay a drop in price) will be working on running technique, core strength and then some running intervals.

Meanwhile for our experienced runners and those training for BlueBell or the marathon on Sunday, this will be a tempo session (keeping it in check for marathon runners).

Working on tempo, or stamina training, will improve your ability to run at a steady and moderately hard pace over a particular distance.

It will improve your anaerobic system and your body’s ability to deal with that shaky, jelly leg syndrome caused by lactic acid.

You don’t need to bring anything but yourself – and £5 if you are paying a drop in price.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING, AND TO WHICH SESSION SO WE CAN ENSURE WE HAVE SUFFICIENT COACHES.

Coaches: Rachael & Melissa

Drop in: £5

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Lawns adjacent to Hove Street South, parking King Alfred centre

 

Off road beauty, Sunday 24th Feb

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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.

This is our first trail run for many SO ALL WHO ARE COMING, PLEASE COMMENT HERE SO WE CAN BE SURE TO HAVE THE CORRECT NUMBER OF AMBASSADORS AND COACHES.

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.

 

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.

PLEASE NOT THERE IS NO SUNDAY TRAINING RUN THIS WEEK DUE TO THE HALF MARATHON.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING. IF YOU HAVE JUST PURCHASED A PACKAGE, PLEASE BRING A REFUNDABLE £5 DEPOSIT FOR A BRACELET AND TELL US YOUR TSHIRT SIZE.

Time: 7.30pm

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

Price: £5

COACH: Rachael

Sea to Downs, Training run Sunday 10th Feb

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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.

PLEASE COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING AND TRAINING WITH WHICH GROUP. PLEASE BE PROMPT AS WE LEAVE AT 8.30AM SO BE THERE EARLY TO PAY FEES ETC.

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

 

Scenic Sunday, training run 3rd February, 8.30am

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NEW RUNNING COURSE

For runners starting their training for  10k and 10miles, we’ll be doing a flat, seafront 3.5miles run meeting at 8.30am on the seafront in front of King Alfred’s car park.

Half and Marathon Training Group: 13.5miles and 12miles

Get ready for a scenic stunner, heading out along River Adur, around Bamber Castle and back.

Unlike our previous runs in this area we will be keeping to the right hand side of the river going out, using the Link route to avoid the mud ( But this is the country, there will be mud once we head off this Link path so wear trail shoes if you have them!)

This weekend’s run will be working on race simulation, so we will be attempting to pick up the pace. Both groups will run together, with the half marathon group doing the final 1.5miles into Shoreham by Sea to finish.

PLEASE NOTE – because we are working on pace this weekend, we ask all those who typically run at the back of the group to meet at 8am. We will be starting earlier to give you time to work on your speed. If you are unsure whether you fit into this category, please call RAchael 07855 742195.

everyone else, meet at 8.30am as normal.

Times & Locations:

10k & 10mile BlueBell group: Meet in front of King Alfred Centre Car park, 8.30am. Running Ambassador: Mel L

12-13.5miles group:

Location: Entrance to Giant Bike shop, Shoreham next to RopeTackle Arts Centre – details here

Parking: Middle Street car park, 5minutes walk away. Free on Sundays. Please leave time to find the car park and walk to the start

Working on pace back runners:  meet 8am, Running coach: Rachael

Everyone else: 8.30am, Running coach: Kate

Running ambassadors: 13.5mile group: Elspeth, 12mile route: Tor

Drop in: £7

PLEASE ALL COMMENT HERE IF YOU ARE COMING AND TO WHICH GROUP. NEED A LIFT? COMMENT