Membership FAQs

When can I enjoy the various discounts which have been negotiated for RunBrighton’s Summer 2017 members?

These will be valid through June / July / August / September.

When are the Summer 2017 Training Runs?

From Sunday 11th June through to Sunday 17th September.

What level do you cater for?

We aim to cater for all levels, ranging from experienced runners targeting a marathon in sub-3hrs (or half marathon in sub-1hr30), through to complete beginners.

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 do we run?

The Sunday runs are normally based on time-on-feet rather than distance. In the summer, the run duration will gradually increase from 1hr at the beginning of the season, and we’ll get up to about 2hrs/2hrs15 by early September.

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’ve received some great feedback from our existing members, particularly from those towards the back of the group who are able to enjoy being close to the front on the return leg.

Do you 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 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.)

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 are done with race pace efforts in the last hour, for example, but we always make this clear in advance.

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 race preparation. You will have far more success come race day if you are able to train a minimum of three times a week. Training programs (whether you consider yourself a beginner, an improver or an experienced runner) are provided to guide you through your midweek training. The schedules are emailed to you weekly in advance.

For midweek sessions, please see Running Clubs and Groups.

When do the training schedules start?

A 12-week half-marathon training schedule commences Monday 3rd July.

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, 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.) We encourage car-share and, each week in a group email, we share details of who can offer a lift and who would like a lift.

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

You are 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?

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.

Do 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 enables 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 is always 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.

Is it ok to wear headphones on the runs?

We strongly discourage the use of headphones, particularly in the vicinity of roads. They are dangerous, as you can’t hear traffic. Nor can you hear our ambassadors giving out instructions or alerting you to any hazardous situations.

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?

Our 2017 training camp in the Algarve was 9th – 16th March.

To read about what we got up to, click Algarve 2017.

If you’d be interested in joining our 2018 running camp, please contact Mike at mike@runbrighton.com.