Training Sessions

What days do we train?

Monday Nights - All Groups 1, 2, 3 & 4. (Advanced, Intermediates, Improvers & Beginners).
Training starts at 7.15pm, meeting at the bottom of Seaway Lane on Torquay seafront. Training will cover a scenic and mainly flat route with a couple of hills for the more advanced runners. All runners will start at the same time and point, with different distances and paces covered to suit each individual group.
Wednesday Nights - Groups 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Advanced, Intermediates, Improvers & Beginners).
Meet at 7.15pm. Location varies but usually from Torquay. The running club meet in the same location and divide into 2 ability groups. The route will cover a mainly flat route , possibly some hills for more advanced runners. All runners will start at the same time and point, with different distances and paces covered to suit each individual group.
Sunday Mornings - Trail Running for Groups 1 & 2 (Advanced & Intermediate). Please note that there will be no run if there are running events being run by members on Sunday.
Meet 7.30am - Location decided that week. A scenic, challenging but very rewarding trail run led by Daniel Butterworth. Trails will include hills and tough terrain through our stunning local countryside. Distances covered are anything between 8 and 15 miles, depending on the group ability on the day.
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. Please dress appropriately to the weather and temperature and wear suitable running trainers for road running. It may be possible that we will run some muddy trails where trail running shoes will be required, but we will pre-warn you about that!

What training group should I be in?

Group 4 - Beginners / Post Injury
If you are looking at getting into running or are coming back from an injury, this is the group for you. We will start you off at a steady pace, walking in sections if you wish. The sessions are coached and will cover anything from 1 to 3 miles, dependant on your individual ability.
Group 3 - Improvers
If you are aleady running around 3 miles then this is the group for you. This group is more progressive than Group 4 and focusses on more continuous running.
Group 2 - Intermediate
Designed for runners who can run 8 - 13 miles on fairly flat terrain. In these sessions, we will cover all aspects of running fitness including speedwork, endurance, progressive pacing and hillwork. Different types of terrains including trail.
Group 1 - 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.