Training Sessions

What days do we train?

Monday Nights - Improvers, Intermediates and Advanced

Meet at 7pm, usually at Corbyn Head. Check our homepage or Facebook page at the start of the week to confirm meeting points and further details of the training session for each week. Training sessions will cover various aspects of running fitness including distance training, speed training and hill running, at an appropriate level for your ability group. Usually sessions will be road based but we will sometimes incorporate trail runs especially during the summer months when it is light. We will let you know in advance if any groups require particular kit such as trail shoes or headtorches. 

Wednesday Nights - Couch25K, Improvers, Intermediates and Advanced

Meet at 7.15pm, usually at Corbyn Head. Check our homepage or Facebook page at the start of the week to confirm meeting points and further details of the training session for each week. Training sessions will cover various aspects of running fitness including distance training, speed training and hill running, at an appropriate level for your ability group. Usually sessions will be road based but we will sometimes incorporate trail runs especially during the summer months when it is light. We will let you know in advance if any groups require particular kit such as trail shoes or headtorches. 

If you are completely new to running or returning from an injury or a long break, Wednesday evenings Couch25k group is the place for you! We will help you build up your fitness gradually until you can confidently run 5km continuously.

Sunday Trail Runs

Whenever possible we will offer a weekend trail run (this is dependent on weekend race schedules!). Trail runs are great for exploring the local countryside and coastal paths, and experiencing different terrains! Meeting times / locations and routes will vary so please check our homepage or Facebook page during the week for more details. We aim to offer difference distances and difficulty levels from week to weeks: Some routes will be shorter and suitable for improvers or those wishing to try a trail run for the first time; other routes will be longer and more challenging for more experienced trail runners. 

Is it Weather permitting?
If it's snowing, too icy or a hurricane, then training is off! Apart from that, we train when it's raining, sunny, cloudy, hot and cold!
What shall I wear and bring?

Wearing your Riviera Racers vest or tee-shirt is compulsory when training. you must also carry your Riviera Racers membership card with you as it contains your emergency contact details. Please dress appropriately to the weather and temperature and wear suitable running trainers for road running. During evening training sessions in the winter when it is dark, it is mandatory to have a high viz/reflective top. Please carry water with you if you will need it during the run, this is especially important during the hot weather. We will sometimes run a muddy trail where trail running shoes will be required, or an off-road night-run when you require a headtorch, but we will always let you know in advance if these are required for a particular run.  

What training group should I be in?

Couch25k

If you are completely new to running, or are returning after an injury or a long break this is the group for you. We will start you off at a steady pace, walking in sections as necessary. The sessions are coached and will cover anything from 1 to 3 miles, depending on your individual ability. In this group, we aim to progressively build up your running fitness and stamina to be able to run 5km (3 miles) continuously. 

Improvers

If you are aleady running around 3 miles then this is the group for you. This group will help you to progress your running,  gradually building up your distance  to around  6 miles, and we will start to introduce some speed work too.

Intermediate

Designed for runners who regularly run distances of 6 - 13 miles. In these sessions, we will cover all aspects of running fitness including speedwork, endurance, progressive pacing and hillwork, as well as different types of terrains including trail.

Advanced

This group is for runners who an comfortably run a half marathon in under 1hr 45 mins. Running in this group includes speedwork, hillwork, endurance, progressive pace control and tougher trail running.