Posts Tagged ‘Brighton Half Marathon’

Get the Glow

November 4, 2019 at 6:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston


EARLY BIRD CODE GTG4 expires 11th October for 5% saving.

Experience the beauty of autumn mornings and fill up with feel-good endorphins with this fitness boosting, strong and lean six week challenge.

  • Including a pre and post assessment to help define your goals
  • An eating plan
  • Personalised goal setting
  • Feedback every session to help you stay accountable

Whether it’s getting in shape, or starting your base training for a Spring marathon, this is the perfect course for you, led by founder Rachael Woolston, with over a decade of experience in transforming women’s fitness, and performance.

Donn’t just expect results, but spectacular sunrises and crispy mornings that will leave you flooded with good vibes and an amazing community of women to work out with.


Available at 6.15am and 7am.

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GRTW Get Together Race, Brighton Half Marathon

February 25, 2018 at 8:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Join us at our Girls Run the World Get Together Events at the Brighton Half marathon in 2018. You’ll need to enter the race yourself but come and meet us at Yellowave for the warm up and send off to the start line. We’ll be there to cheer you in at the end too.

Meet at 8.35am at Yellowave, after you’ve dropped your bags off which will give you plenty of time for a warm up and to get to your pens. It’s a busy race.

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GRTW Strength for Running

October 5, 2017 at 7:15
Posted by Rachael Woolston

The number one way to help you prevent injuries and become a more efficient runner is strength training. But how to fit it in when you love running and you want to just do that all the time?

With this course that gives you a 30 minute session focused entirely on building stability and strength in your legs, gluteals and core using kettle bells, medicine balls and body weight.

The class meets at 7.15pm (bring a mat) at the park where Woodruff Avenue meets Goldstone Crescent. Meet at my car to pick up the necessary equipment for your current level of fitness and we’ll start as soon as possible after that, running for 30 minutes.

This class is suitable for ALL LEVELS, and will be progressed or regressed according to your current level of fitness.


Please note there is NO class on October 19th so this course will be a three week course block only. We only accept 8 people per class.


To book visit our booking page, choose Girls Run the World and you’ll find the course there.

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GRTW Autumn-Winter Season 2017-18

September 10, 2017 at 8:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Enjoy beautiful running locations, off-road and one, with our qualified running coaches during our Autumn-Winter series this year. Whatever your goal, to build your fitness, find new people to run with, get faster, run longer or train for an event, we’ll help you reach your goal.


There will be 17 runs in the series (click the link below to download locations and mileage per week) which will focus on building endurance and running fitness.

The Autumn Series will focus on building strength and stamina for the Mince Pie 10 mile trail race, December 10th as well as building your base fitness for half marathons.

The Winter Series, starting 26th November (from this date there will be two distances on offer per run) will get you ready for the Brighton Half Marathon. Of course, there are lots of fantastic off-road and road races along the way that our training will get you prepared for – the Eastbourne Half Marathon, Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, Downland Devil, Moleyman and many more.

No one gets left behind, and the faster runners don’t stand still. This is our ninth season of helping women to build endurance so we know how to keep you motivated, moving and getting stronger on each run.

Our season pass works out at just £4 per run, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds – running with us for your training, as well as taking part in races and events with the women you meet on our runs.

There are various payment options:

  • Autumn-Winter Series runs September 10th – February 18th – £68 (£4 per run)
  • Autumn Series runs September 10th – December 10th – £45 (£5 per run)
  • Winter Series runs November 26th – February 18th – £50 (£5)
  • OR drop in single sessions, £10


We will not have sessions on some dates and hope that you will instead join us for a GRTW meet up at these events. These include:

October 8th Rise UK 8km

October 15th, Bright10

November 19th, Brighton 10km

December 10th, Mince Pie 10 miles

December 24/31st – Christmas



Here’s what they said about our Summer 2017 series

‘I have had the best ever summer of running with an amazing and supportive group of women.  Despite my slower pace I always knew the coach or other runners would wait  for me to catch up. My running has improved no end and I am more confident that I can run further than ever before , with 8.5 miles now my longest including the hills. I so much enjoyed the varied routes and have taken to the running some favourites on other days.’

Kelly Cahill



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How to train smart for Brighton Half or a Marathon

October 14, 2016 at 5:11
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Does your training largely consist of downloading a training plan off an event site and vaguely following it just to get up to distance? Take the stress out of training and achieve better results by training smarter and thinking about it NOW

Train smart for endurance

Train smart for endurance

First off, there is nothing inherently wrong with doing the above if that’s all you can fit in, but if you really want to achieve your goal – even if that is to just reach the end smiling, then putting some thought into your training and doing it now BEFORE you start even thinking about adding running miles is essential.

Your training should include cycles, a macro, micro and mesocycles – this sounds more complicated than it is but as an essential start point, think about your overall goal – I want to run a marathon in April and get sub 4 hours/do it without getting injured/run it on 3 training sessions per week. Whatever it is, having the goal allows you then to work backwards and plan in your training to get you to that point, including putting in the races that will help you to reach that target and more importantly the FOUNDATION work that you need to put in now to build your strength.

It will also help you to take into account the changing nature of your training; it’s all very well having a set plan (which is better than not having one!) but injury, illness, busy work times all mean that you need to adapt your mesocycles to accommodate this rather than giving up on your plan entirely and winging it. Over the last eight years we’ve trained women to half marathon and marathon levels, this is where you see most people going wrong – wing it and you’ll end up with a broken wing!

Confused by all of this? To make it easy for you, right now (if doing a half marathon in Feb or a marathon in Spring) you should be entering your base training period, which means building the strength and stability, addressing any imbalances and working on your core.

We’ve created a RunStrong weekly class to help address this for more experienced runners while our Autumn Burn four week course which starts Monday 17th on Hove Lawns and Queen’s Park (and Worthing for two weeks) is aimed at total beginners who have not done much running and just need to wake up their muscles to get them working while getting to the headspace of thinking about regular training.

If you are an experienced marathon runner though and aiming for a specific race target, you may want to try our marathon mentoring service with run coach, Tara, a sub 3 hour 20 min marathon runner who lives and breathes the sport and can help you one to one, writing a plan every four to six weeks tailored specifically to where you are/how you have progressed.

If you are interested in any of these things, get in touch or book online. Happy Running!




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Members Run @ Hove Seafront

March 22, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Brighton Phoneix 10km

Brighton Phoneix 10km

Join our annual membership for £50 and enjoy our weekly Tuesday evening runs (except school holidays) plus lots of discounts off our running courses, workshops and benefits with local shops. Read more here

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run 5km, as long as you can do so without stopping you can join us on our membership runs. We have pace angels, who are all beginners who started running with us, there to help on every run.

Tonight’s run is meeting at Hove Seafront . Be ready to run  at 7pm.

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The Runners’ Recovery Retreat

March 12, 2016 at 5:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Restore your body ready to run free

Join us for this 75 minute yoga workshop that will help you to restore and replenish your muscles and joints after a season of long run training. No experience is necessary. You will learn at least five postures designed for even the busiest runner to fit into their schedule after an endurance run to help you to recover and repair.

You will need to bring a yoga mat and a foam roller. For men and women. The perfect restoration retreat after the Brighton Half marathon.

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Half Marathon Pace & Preparation

January 13, 2016 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Join us for this seven week course suitable for ALL levels, which will help you to fine tune your race strategy, boost your confidence and help you with your running mojo as the final weeks approach.

This course will include all those sessions that are GREAT to do in a group, and challenging to do on your own, working on intervals, pace and tempo to improve your time and to boost your mental fortitude.

It costs £60 or you can combine it with our weekend package, building distance (sunday’s at 8.30am) for £105 a saving of £15 on our weekend only package.

(For details of locations and distances of weekend runs, look at the specific days for these runs).


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Run Flex & Mobility

November 2, 2015 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston



This 30 minute class is aimed at runners & cyclists. Using yoga stretches as well as foam rollers and TRX to help mobilise and stretch the body for improved performance and injury-prevention.

It takes place indoors in a seafront studio in Brighton.

Open to all levels, no experience necessary, men and women. Please bring your own mat.

Each class is restricted to 8 people.

To book, choose HiiT SQUAD on our booking page and you will find the class there. You can use your HiiT class pass.

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Build Your Endurance Trail Running

October 25, 2015 at 8:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you are training for a half marathon in February 2016, or even the big M in April, then NOW is the time to start building a strong foundation so that your legs and lungs are ready for the increased distance to come.

So why not join us in our celebration of autumn running on the Downs with this beautiful series of 4 trail runs of 10km. Each run will have added optional COMPLIMENTARY extras of yoga on some sessions – as long as it’s not raining!

Some runs will finish with brunch for those who wish to join us. Buy the full package or drop in on half. You must already be able to run 10km. Nov 15th & 29th are race events

All runs start at 8.30am but you must be there for 8.20am for a debrief and warm up.

All runs and locations are posted on the specific date on our Timetable.

No single run drop ins.


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When to start training for the Brighton Half or Spring Marathon

October 21, 2015 at 12:12
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Knowing when to start training for a race, and then executing it correctly, is one of the most important key stages in enjoying both your training for the Brighton Half or a spring marathon and the race itself.

Preparation is KEY to ensuring you reach the finish line feeling this good

Preparation is KEY to ensuring you reach the finish line feeling this good

Of course, when to start training also depends on how ‘run fit’ and conditioned you currently are, your running experience AND what your race goal is. Not to mention your lifestyle and family commitments.

There is no point setting out on a grand, ambitious training plan and forgetting to take into account the fact that you work a 40 hour week, and/or have to juggle looking after your kids and want a social life.

So, what would our advice be?

For marathon virgins, aim for 20 weeks with the first four weeks (and longer if you can) spent on building up strength with a weights class (try our HiiT SQUAD or Marathon Foundations class at 6.15am, 7am or 9.30am) along with your endurance running base; the more you get out running now, on short runs, the more your legs will get used to running which is better for the long term.

Only running the Brighton or Worthing Half? Total beginners should look at a 16 week programme, building gradually, although if you already run 5km/10km regularly, a 12 week plan should suffice. But again, getting out now to do shorter runs will help you to build your base and make it easier long term.

Our course Build Your Base Endurance Trail Running Course (four off-road runs of 10-12km over six weeks) starts this weekend and is specifically aimed at helping runners start their training off on the right foot.

In search of a training plan? Nowadays, ALL the event websites have free downloadable plans that you can follow, as we do on our run club website. But if you would like to make a plan specific to your goals, current race times, as well as number of days that you can run, try the brilliant SmartCoach from Runner’s World.

And don’t forget, that no matter where you live in the world, we offer Online Marathon Mentoring for £50 from November to April. Whatever question you have, whether it is to do with nutrition, what to wear, injury worries or falling behind on your training plan, we can help. (Access to the mentoring group is complimentary to those on the marathon foundations course).


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Absolute Beginners Half Marathon course

September 30, 2015 at 7:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston




Are you set to run your very first Brighton Half Marathon? Or, you’ve run one before but it was so long ago, you don’t even own a pair of running shoes anymore?

If so, join our dedicated beginner’s course which will help you to build the strength, endurance and confidence to run 13.1 miles and enjoy it every step of the way.

First Term: 10 weeks, running from Tuesday September 29th and ending on Monday 30th November (the final week switches to Monday due to staff holidays) = £80

Final Term: 8 weeks running from January 3rd until Brighton Half Marathon day, with two of these sessions being external, optional races to help you prepare for race day. Full package inclusive of first term = £130

First Term Coach: Rachael

Second Term Coaches: Rachael & Tara

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Are YOU ready to take on YOUR Dream Challenge?

March 9, 2015 at 5:46
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you REALLY want to change your fitness and body shape for LIFE, the simplest way to do it is to open yourself up to adventures…

Last year, we launched the first of our Dream Challenger Competitions, where one lucky woman won a one year of free fitness camps with us and the chance to join Fitbitch teams in a series of challenges from triathlons to half marathons and obstacle races.

In 2014, that lucky winner was Bec Taylor, 38, who entered our competition because her weight and body statistics put her in the obese category.  She wanted to lose weight and get fit.

But here at Fitbitch, we know that to really help someone on a journey to lifelong fitness and healthy living, it’s about inspiring someone to take up a challenge, something that excites while being a little bit scary but which means they will carry on exercising long after they’ve reached the correct number on the weighing scales.

Because once you have lost weight, it is all too easy to think ‘goal achieved.’

We are about to publish our final dispatch from Bec detailing the incredible journey of her last year with us. Yes, she’s lost an incredible amount of weight, her body is completely different, and she’s super fit now. But it is the challenges that she has taken on – and continued to sign up to for 2015 which makes her year such a defining success story.

So, if YOU want to become your own success too, why not join us this year in our Dream Challenges 2015?

Whether you already have your own challenges lined up (we know some Fitbitches are doing the Polar Ice Marathon, others are doing the Three Peaks Challenge, and some others still doing an 108 mile race by foot, bike and kayak across Scotland) or you want to join and train with us in a group effort, you can become part of the Fitbitch Dream Team.

In the next month we will reveal our new look Dream Team t-shirts, where we will be donating a part of the price of the t-shirts to a local charity. And our training groups for events as diverse as  the Ardingly Sprint or Relay Triathlon to the Rapha 100km Women’s Cycle event, and a Parkrun to a 10km race.

It doesn’t matter WHAT fitness level you are now, nor your age or background. The Fitbitch Dream Challenges are about committing to an adventure, being part of a community of women who will help inspire you – as well as holding your to account to make sure you train.

And while you’re busy doing that, having fun, trying new things that will make life in general seem more interesting, you’ll discover figure changing transformation going on without you having to even think about the weighing scales.

If you want to be part of our Dream Team 2015 and are NOT yet subscribed to our newsletter, please subscribe via the button on our website so you receive news of our Dream Challenges and how you can join our training groups. 

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