Winter 15/16 Membership FAQs

When can I enjoy the various discounts which have been negotiated for RunBrighton’s Winter 15/16 members?

The discounts are all valid from 23 November 2015 to 20 April 2016.

When are the Winter 15/16 Training Runs?

We start Sunday 29 November, and will hold a training run every Sunday up to and including 10 April (the Sunday prior to the Brighton Marathon).

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?

Normally we start promptly with a warm-up at 8.30am. We suggest you arrive between 8.00am and 8.15am to allow time for registration, for any excess kit to be stored in the RunBrighton vehicle or at our base location, and to meet everyone beforehand and gauge which pace group you wish to run with.

What distance will we run?

The Sunday runs will normally be based on time-on-feet rather than distance, with the durations starting at 1 hour and gradually increasing to 2hrs by mid-February and a maximum of around 3hrs15 / 3hrs30 by early April. This is an effective way of training.

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. They are usually out-and-back courses rather than loops. This is much easier to manage as everyone finishes at broadly the same time. We received some great feedback from our winter-season members, particularly from those towards the back of the group who were able to enjoy being close to the front on the return leg.

The first couple of Sunday runs will be on flat routes so as to ease you in gradually. Thereafter, many of the routes will be hilly, off-road. We would therefore suggest that if you are not used to hills, you begin to do small amounts on your runs over the preceding weeks so that you cope better with the Sunday runs from mid-December. By doing this you will be less likely to pick up injuries.

Will we have pacers?

Although we all start out on the runs together, we divide into pacing groups based on target marathon / half-marathon times.

Please bear in mind that the Sunday runs should normally be done at a relaxed, conversational pace, approximately 1 minute-per-mile slower than your target race pace. For example, if you’re targeting a marathon of 4hrs (or half-marathon of 2hrs), which is approximately 9 minutes-per-mile, you should be running your Sunday run at about 10 minutes-per-mile. (This is flexible; you’re not obliged to stick to the same group each week.)

We can cater for sub-3hr marathoners as well as those likely to do 5hrs plus.

Please note, however, that the Ambassadors are not employed as pacers. The above paces are approximate. The key reason we divide into these groups is to ensure we have ambassador support spread evenly throughout the whole group, and so that everyone is running with others of a similar ability.

In the latter half of the season, some of the runs will be done with race pace efforts in the last hour, for example, but we’ll make this clear nearer the time.

Do I just need to do the Sunday runs?

Whilst we shall be accompanying you on your long Sunday runs, please don’t rely solely on these runs for your marathon / half-marathon preparation. You will have far more success come race day if you are able to train a minimum of three times a week. A 16-week marathon-training program or 12-week half-marathon-training program (whether you consider yourself a beginner, an improver or an experienced runner) will be provided to guide you through your midweek training. The schedules will be emailed to you weekly in advance.

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. Withdean Sports Complex, Stanmer Park, Saltdean Lido, Studio57 in Hove, 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!

Many 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. (But please try and keep this to a minimum.)

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 vehicle.

Will I need to bring water?

Yes, it is advisable to be responsible for your own hydration on 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 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 that everyone finishes 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.

What if I miss a run?

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

What can you tell me about the warm-weather training camp in the Algarve?

Following the success of last March’s trip, we’ll be doing the same in 2016. Full details to follow, but basic details are below:

The trip is in conjunction with 2:09 Events

10th March

Running track, swimming pool, sandy beach, forest, group yoga, massage, etc

Fabulous weather (hopefully!)

Choice of accommodation to keep costs down

Support, coaching, advice

Tailored Training for all levels of ability and experience