Pace Runners – Keeping up the pace

Our team of Pace Runners for the Reading Half Marathon will be led by Ali Galbraith.

Getting your pace right in a half marathon is crucial to your overall performance and enjoyment of the race. Ali and he's team of pacers will not just come in on time, but aim to make your race an experience you won't forget. There are many jobs to the pacer, the main one, of course, is to bring you in on pace! Along with that they will support you every step of the way, feed off their energy and really make this a race to remember!

All pacers will wear a rucksack with a large flag which will show the pace time.

Here are some top tips to help you and the pacers work in harmony.

Line up in the appropriate time zone

It's far more enjoyable and motivating being the one who does the overtaking!

All the pacers are running to a chip time. If you don't cross the start line with them, don't expect to get the same finish time as them!

Figure out your perfect pace time

All along the course there are mile markers at the side of the road. If you know your target time you can work out your average pace per mile, and then check your progress at each mile marker.

If you've gone out a bit quick for the first mile or two, slow down for the next one to get yourself back on track. Don't try and get time "in the bank" early on because it's like making a deposit, you'll lose far more than you gain.

Use the pace runners

Don't let adrenaline take you at the start. It's an all too common occurrence that we go off too fast when the thrill of race day finally comes. Play the long game and stick with your pacer. They will run nice even splits and will keep the sprinter in you until the end!

Our team of 15 pacers will be running even mile splits at 5 minute increments between 1:20 and 2:30:

1hr 20mins
1hr 25mins
1hr 30mins
1hr 35mins
1hr 40mins
1hr 45mins
1hr 50mins
1hr 55mins
2hrs 5mins
2hrs 10mins
2hrs 15mins
2hrs 20mins
2hrs 25mins
2hrs 30mins
Pace Runners

The Pacers are all very friendly, so if you want a bit of extra help, introduce yourself to them on the start line they will do their best to get you round within your target time.

Super humans are fictional: Sometimes racers can lay their hopes and dreams on a pacers shoulders. The pacers are picked for their high quality pace setting and 'it' factor but are human like the rest of us. They too can pick up injuries along the route and this has to be taken into account. If your pacer does go down injured, don't let it throw you. Stick to the plan and on pace. Please don't be mad at them. It hurts them to pull the flag down and to have to stop being the pacer more than they will ever let on.