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Running Package

New to Body Happy this Autumn!

We’ll be introducing an 18-week running group for those aiming to run a marathon in 4.00 – 5.30 hours on or around Sunday 14th April 2019 (Brighton Marathon).

The running group will be small and friendly, and limited to 20 runners. Each runner will be given an individual and completely bespoke running plan designed for them by our experienced coaches – Brigitte and Michele.

The first run will take place on Sunday 9th December.

If you are interested in having the best marathon you possibly can in 2019, or have any questions, please get in touch with Mark: mark@body-happy.co.uk

To sign up, click on ‘Book Now’. Enter your details, when finished and logged in, scroll down to ‘My Purchases/Credits’, click on ‘Buy credits’, scroll down to Running Packages and click on the package you are after. Go to checkout to pay and reserve your space.

Below is a description of the two packages available.

Develop – £100

  • Webinar presentation to explain the 18 weeks ahead
  • Completely bespoke running plan
  • Weekly group runs on a Sunday, starting at various locations – this will be your long steady run (starting Sunday 9th December)
  • Weekly group runs on a Tuesday – interval/speed session, excluding Tuesday 25th December (starting Tuesday 11th December 2018)
  • Webinar presentations on various topics such as nutrition, strength and conditioning, foam rolling and core strength training
  • Range of discounts with our partners in massage, chiropractic, nutrition
  • Continued support and advice from the Body Happy team, Brigitte and Michele
  • Body Happy post-marathon party – food, drinks, at Body Happy celebrating with the team
  • 15 minute Sports massage post event at the Body Happy studio



Excel – an additional £80

The excel package includes all the above, but includes one weekly runners only classes at Body Happy (excluding 24th– 1st January) and additional recorded classes sent to you, for you to do in your own time – Pilates, Roll and Release.


 Optional extras:

  • One-to-one support with Brigitte or Michele, our running coaches at an additional cost
  • Classes at Body Happy studios – Pilates, Coordination, Kettlebells, Flex and Core (additional cost per class)


Now it’s time to meet your running coaches:

Brigitte Groves

Like a number of women, I discovered running through taking part in the Race for Life. I remember it well; I completed it in 39:30 and was delighted to have run all the way.  Well and truly hooked, I went on to help set up what is now Brighton and Hove Women’s Running Club, where I was an extremely active member for many years before joining Arena 80.

I have completed many marathons and ultra-distances, some good and some where I have had to drag myself to the finish!

I have been involved with the Brighton Marathon since the beginning and regularly support marathon runners as they make the journey to completing 26.2 miles.  Whilst marathon distance is a popular goal I am well aware that it is not for everyone and so I provide equal amounts of support and enthusiasm to someone wanting to run 5k as well as coaching a group to improve their speed over any distance.

I am a qualified Coach in Running Fitness, accomplished endurance runner, who enjoys pushing the distance boundaries and all-round running geek!”


Michele Saunders

When I was younger I was one of those kids who was last in Sports Day events and thoroughly hated anything sports related, particularly running!!  I came to running much later in my life driven by wanting to run the Race for Life.  I came across a leaflet in Hove Library advertising a 10-week beginners course with Brighton & Hove Running Sisters; I sent off the application, got myself a place and the rest is history!  I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed running. I took to it like a duck to water and, in order to achieve my 3 training sessions per week as part of the beginners course, I would run up and down my road, so that my daughter could see me from the front room, as at that time I didn’t have regular evening child care.

Fast forward the clocks to the current time and I am now a UKA qualified Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) and an active member of a local running club (Arena 80), where I coach an Improvers Group at Withdean stadium.  I have completed 7 marathons (number 8 will be Brighton Marathon in April 2019), various half marathons, quite a few 10k and gained my 100 parkrun t-shirt.

I ran my first marathon in London in 2006; my finish time was 5hrs 16mins 2 secs.  Over the years, I trained following the mileage training programmes and just slowly chipped away at my marathon finish times.  During the marathon-training season 2012/2013, I followed the time-on-feet training programme and achieved a PB of 4hrs 35mins 35secs.  It’s amazing what your body can do if you train it the right way!

Running is a part of my life and has taken me to places  I would never have visited.  I have made life-long friendships who share the same love of running.  I enjoy supporting and encouraging new runners to achieve their goals, and giving back to the running community which gave me so much when I was starting out myself.  Building confidence is a key issue for a new runner and I see this as one of my main roles.

I am looking forward to working with Body Happy to help marathon runners achieve their goals.

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