Posts Tagged ‘Women’s only’

Event Review: Bright10

October 23, 2016 at 4:12
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Wind and torrential rain greeted runners taking on the Bright10 this year. But it didn’t deter Laura Marshall who ran her first 10 mile race…

I am not  sure what persuaded me to enter the Bright10 mile race as previously, I had always set 10km as my upper distance saying I’d never run longer. A lot came down to the fact that it was not a half marathon (too big a leap from 10km in my mind), it was local which meant that I could walk to the event and the encouragement from the fellow Fitbitch community.

As the event neared and I was juggling commuting to London for work, setting up my own business and raising a toddler, I wondered how I was going to manage it. Then, the Fitbitch Learn to Run 10 miles course came along, that included trails, road, hilly and flat runs to help build mileage which also helped me keep to a plan and stay focused.

On the night before the race, I was feeling quite calm but then I awoke to the windows being thrashed with rain, and the wind whistling around the house. Not the weather conditions I really had in mind, cue the nerves. However, I stuck to my morning run plan; breakfast, running outfit,   foam rolling, and it totally helped me to calm down. And thankfully, by the time I arrived at the race start, the rain had stopped.


The wind had not alas, and the first two miles were hard as we ran into the wind and it gusted sideways. But then the wind dropped and the sun came out! I ran with a fellow runner which worked well as we both had someone to chat to, which was needed when supporters petered out passed Kemp Town just when you needed them on the climb up to Roedean. Having said, that the coaching tips  of “stand tall”, “shoulders back”, “small steps” and “use your arms” had been drummed into us and it helped me get up the hill.


At this point, I should say that it is an entirely road race and at times pretty unattractive if you looked the wrong way – coaches park one way but beautiful sea the other. But the marshals were great and cheering loudly as were the volunteers at the water stations (three in total).

As we headed west from Black Rock, I was familiar with the route and was counting down to the end. The crowds picked up again from the Pier to the finish, with one final double backing by Hove Lawns. “Sprint finish?” said Ness, my running partner. “SPRINT? I’ll go a bit faster,” was my response, although then I went a bit faster still when I saw familiar faces at the end.

It was a great race and I felt amazing to have achieved my ten mile race goal, even with poor weather. And the strangest thing is, that half marathon now doesn’t seem such a big leap!

If you wish to join our community in training for the Brighton or Worthing Half Marathon, our beginners training starts November 6th. Details here.

Race Goody Bag: Haul it or Hoard it?

Well, neither, as there wasn’t one. The medal is a beaut though and we were handed water at the end – I didn’t go for the sports drink on offer or the Clif Bar.

The Good

  • Even with the road closures, it was easy to get to and with the Race Village on Hove Lawns, nothing felt cramped.
  • Three water stations were ample.
  • I thought the double-backing would frustrate me but I enjoyed seeing familiar faces a couple of times.

The Bad

I am glad I didn’t need the toilet as those queues were huge even with a few minutes until the start time.

The Ugly

There was nothing ugly. The day before, someone did mention to me that they no longer to pay to run in their home town/city. I can see their point as a lot of this was very familiar to me but it was the mileage that was my goal.



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Ultimate Summer Body Transform Hove

June 6, 2016 at 6:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Course dates: June 6th – 30th

Choose between 6-7am course or 7-8am course

(Mon-Thurs one hour & Weds 30 minutes from 6:30am)

Early bird price £155 thereafter £180 – discount ends on 26th May 2016


Reset your fitness and weight goals and achieve them with our four week healthy eating and exercise course that will help you build your fitness and strength progressively, even as a complete beginner.

Small groups, personalised attention and the Fitbitch eating plan, this four week course will leave you feeling and looking fantastic. Ditch your fear and in four weeks we will help you transform your body and how you feel about yourself. Includes one to one appointments with our fantastic female coaches before and after the course to help you evaluate and focus on your goals. (Please note that at Hove, Weds are a HiiT session of 30 minutes).


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Weekend Run

October 4, 2015 at 8:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Run three of four, as part of our Learn to Run 10 miles course, building endurance for the Bright 10 miles. Small, women’s group guided and professionally coached runs.

Distance: 9 miles off road

Meet: Bazehill Road, Rottingdean, 8.00am for an immediate departure

Parking: Free street parking

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Weds 29th June, Biomechanics Training, 7.30pm

June 27, 2011 at 7:13
Posted by Rachael Woolston

FB run club in Paris

Our Wednesday sessions run on an eight week cycle, and you can drop in at any time during this cycle. But for those who like to start at the beginning, this is number one!
Our biomechanics session is extremely popular and perfect, Whether you are a total running newbie or a seasoned runner.
It allows us to analyse your running style, technique and how your body is moving. Understanding this is crucial for allowing us and you see to what your strength and weaknesses are and helping you to become a better, injury free runner. (In fact, newbies could even be at an advantage as you haven’t had time to build up bad habits!)
If you know that your glutes are not firing, you can work to strengthen and prevent ITB syndrome. Feel sick when you’re running long distance? The answer could be as simple as the fact you are looking down when running.
In this training session we will be analyse your running technique, looking at posture and biomechanics with the help of video where necessary. The rest of the session will focus on strength and stretching work designed to combat the issues that come up, as well as a few FitBitch devised tricks to help your running technique.
Drop ins £5, (monthly subscriptions available – see the About page. women only) .
Location: The patch of grass adjacent to Hove Street, next door to King Alfred’s Car Park.
Trainer: Rachael
Second trainer: Melissa

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