Training Runs FAQ

What level do you cater for?

We aim to cater for all levels, but realistically you need to be able to run comfortably for 1 hour, whatever your level, when the Sunday runs start.


What time do the runs start?

Promptly at 8.30am every Sunday unless part of a Training Seminar. We suggest you arrive between 8.00am and 8.15am to allow time for registration, for any excess kit to be stored in the Saucony van or at our base location, and to meet everyone beforehand and gauge which pace group you wish to run with.


What can you tell me about the routes?

The routes are changed regularly and the terrain is varied to include both on and off road, and including both flat and hilly runs.


What if I miss a run?

Don’t worry, just turn up when you can.


Do I just need to do the Sunday runs?

No! Not if you want to get around your target race route running comfortably. The essence of any training is routine, i.e. regular running, hard work and rest! You need to be training 3 / 4 times a week.


Can I park nearby?

Where possible, we aim to base the runs in car-friendly locations so that you will be able to park your car for free, i.e. Stanmer Park, Saltdean Lido, Adur Outdoor Activity Centre in Shoreham, etc. However, in the interest of being nice to our environment, please see if you can jog, cycle or car-share to these venues.


I don’t drive?

Most of the bases will also be accessible by buses or trains. (As above, please see if you can jog, cycle or grab a lift with other runners.)


What can I do with my belonging whilst I am running?

You will be able to store your excess kit / bags with our support vehicle or at our base location.


What should I wear?

Before you start out on your training, please do go to a specialist running shop and have your running gait analysed. This will ensure you select the most appropriate trainers to help prevent injuries. Ladies, it is also worth investing in a suitable sports bra.

We suggest you bring additional clothing for warmth after your run as your body temperature will soon cool down once you stop. Extra clothing can always be stored in the support van.


Will I need to bring water?

500 ml water bottles will be provided at end of the training runs. However, it is advisable to be responsible for your own hydration during the runs. A drinks belt is a good idea.


What if I want to pull out early?

The training runs are predominantly out-and-back courses, so you can turn around earlier than planned if need be. This will enable you to walk some of the way, if necessary, in the knowledge that you will be returning with lots of runners behind you, rather than being left behind. An Ambassador will always be on hand, and can call to the standby vehicle to alert them that you are heading back.


What if I want to increase the distance?

The key benefit of running out-and-back courses (often with everyone turning at the same time) is everyone finishing back at base more or less together.

We can know in advance the approximate location of the turning-point of the faster front-runners. This makes the runs easier to manage, particularly should the need arise for a vehicle to pick up an injured runner.

Therefore, if you would like to run over-distance, we would prefer you to add on the extra miles back at base after completion of the pre-arranged route.


Please note that you will need to take responsibility for your own safety when running without the support of an Ambassador beyond the scheduled run.