Here’s the team
Phil – 95 minutes
I’ve been running for 18 months. Initially, it was to lose weight, now it’s for the joy of it and the social aspect. I began with the ‘couch to 5K’ programme and luckily a broken clavicle didn’t dissuade me from keeping up my regime, and I was able to shed 12 stones in a year and 6 days.
I joined Chorlton Runners in May 2013 able to run about 4 miles without stopping. Six months later I completed my first marathon, and have gone on to run or pace countless 10Ks, a handful of half marathons, and recently posted a new PB of 3:18 at the Greater Manchester Marathon. Being from Yorkshire, it’s a privilege to pace the 95 minute group at the Leeds Half marathon.
Joe – 100 minutes
Having spent the first 18 years of my life living within the Leeds Half Marathon route, I’m dead proud to be pacing you in this race. I’ve been running, albeit on the wrong side of the Pennines, for the last 5 years, in which time I’ve progressed from barely managing 2 miles to racing (and pacing) distances from 5K to marathons.
I’m now a qualified UK Athletics run leader and take weekly speedwork groups with Chorlton Runners. The half marathon is my favourite distance and I’ll be bringing you in as close to 1:39:59 as humanly possible. See you on the course.
Chris – 105 minutes
My first big race was the London Marathon 4 years ago. My prep involved little running, eating mars bars and drinking sports drinks because that's what runners do right? I finished but it wasn't pretty and I said ‘never again’. Now between bouts of injuries (nicknames include ‘sick note’), it turns out I can run pretty well.
I'm now a few marathons, 1/2s, 10Ks and 5Ks down and pace regularly with Chorlton Runners. You bring the spirit and determination and even if I'm injured I'll get you to 1.44.59. Challenge accepted?
Chris R – 110 minutes
Hello Team 110! I am a Yorkshire lad now based over in Manchester and an enthusiastic member of Chorlton Runners who are providing the pacing team. I have been running for just under two years and can't wait to return to Leeds where I broke 40 minutes in the Abbey Dash 10km last November with the help of pacing.
This time I will be proud to be able to help support, encourage and pace you to your target time in my home county. I look forward to meeting, running and celebrating with you at the finish. Good running, Chris.
Will – 115 minutes
My name is Will Reekie and I have been running on and off for the last 4 years. I've started taking it a bit more seriously in recent times and was happy to finish the Greater Manchester Marathon this year in 3:32:06.
I've benefitted massively from the pacing of others in previous races, so appreciate the opportunity to do my bit in return. I’m really looking forward to a great day and lots of new PBs!
Judd – 120 minutes
Hi, my name is Judd. I took up running about 5 years ago setting myself the target of completing the Manchester 10K with no idea of how addictive running was or what an important part of my life it would become.
I'm so pleased to be pacing at the Leeds Half Marathon as it’s a chance to give something back to an activity that has brought me so many good times, in every sense. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of happy faces as I bring you home under the magical 2 hour mark.
Philip – 125 minutes
Hi Everyone, I am Philip Waterhouse and I’ll be the 2.05 pacer for the Leeds half Marathon. I have been running for four years and have just finished my second marathon, taking around 30 minutes off my previous PB.
I have run many half marathons from my first of 2hrs 10 to my latest one of 1hr 50. I have experience pacing my local Parkrun and for Leeds I will pace an even run, focussing on having fun and enjoying the event. See you at the start line!
John – 130 minutes
When I hit 50 I took up running for the first time in my life to reduce my cholesterol. I genuinely saw my first Parkrun as my Olympic final. There I saw a Chorlton Runners vest and ended up meeting an amazing group of people. After my nervous first few weeks, I ran the BUPA Manchester 10K under my 1 hour target and entered the Fleetwood Half Marathon. It was by far the hardest thing I'd ever done but I ran more and entered the Amsterdam Marathon which I completed in 4 hours 20.
I see this as one of the top 10 moments in my life. In running I've found countless friends, run distances I could only have dreamt of, regularly pacing races, and I reduced that cholesterol. I'm very happy to be pacing at the Leeds Half Marathon.
Nicole – 135 minutes
I began running when I moved to Manchester in 2010 as a way of getting to know people and the local area. Previously I had tried, and failed, to run on my own so was amazed by how much the support of others spurred me on. Gradually I began setting my sights a little higher and ran a half marathon in 2011.
Since then I have completed 2 marathons; Berlin 2012 and Manchester 2014 and I owe my achievements largely to the people who have helped me along the way. By pacing others I hope to pass on a little of the inspiration I have received over the last 4 years.
Rachael – 140 minutes
During my first half marathon, in 2012, I swore repeatedly that I would never do another one. Fortunately I forgot all about that and have now done several half marathons, all of which have been much more enjoyable experiences
Although I love a peaceful run in the countryside, nothing beats the atmosphere and support of a big city race and I’m excited and honoured to be back in Yorkshire, where I grew up, as a pacer for the Leeds Half Marathon – hopefully I will be able to help someone achieve a personal best.