Sponsored by Arla our team of pacers on the day will be pacing at 5 minute intervals between 40 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes. They will be wearing backpack with flags displaying the finish time they are pacing, and will assemble in the correct area according to predicted times. Use them to hit your personal targets and be sure to say thanks once you’ve crossed the line!
Matt Brennan 40mins - A Yorkshire man who has lived on the other side of the Pennines for the last four years. I entered my first half marathon in June 2015, twice running over a bridge to complete the Humber Half. Over the next couple of years I ran a handful of races to keep myself fit. I ran my first Parkrun in June last year, and that sparked a much more serious passion for running. I joined Prestwich AC, a running club in northern Manchester and over the last twelve months have run one marathon, six half marathons and ten 10k’s alongside many other weird and wonderful distances, so I really have been making up for lost time! I am new to the pacing gig, but have plenty of race experience – I am really looking forward to helping people achieve the buzz of a new PB.
Ian Sheppard 45mins - Hi I’m Ian, I’ve been running on and off throughout my whole life, and as part of St Theresas AC for about 6 years now. Originally it was always about fitness, but since joining the club I’ve achieved many things I’d thought I’d never do, such as a marathon and realised just how great a club can be, friendly competition, encouragement and support are all things I’ve found there. Which is why I’ve volunteered to pace, hopefully I can give back some support and help others to accomplish their goals.
Rob Tomlin 50mins - I still consider myself a newbie runner… ran for the first time ever at Heaton Parkrun a little under 3 years ago, doing a part jog part shuffle in 35 mins. Ran there and nowhere else for a year then joined a running club. Since then I’ve completed 40+ races from 10k to half marathons, 6 full marathons and so far 2 ultras. I’m not a quick runner and much prefer trails to tarmac, but I just love meeting people through our hobby.
Andrew Ellis 55mins - I started running 6 years ago to get some peace and quiet from my then newborn twins and 3 year old daughter. I also wanted to lose a bit of weight. My biggest running achievement was keeping going in those early weeks and months when I found it tough starting out. It would have been easy to head back to the sofa. Now I really enjoy it whether it's parkruns, races or training runs but especially pacing on behalf of Northern Pacing Volunteers!
Denise McGeachy 60mins - The thing I love most about running is that no matter who you are, no matter your what your age or ability, every time you put your trainers on you have the opportunity to achieve something, a faster run or a longer run and the more you do it, the more achievements you can make, no matter how small – they are still your achievements. Being asked to be a pacer is a real honour, I’m delighted that on race day I can do my bit to help competitors achieve their goals – If you see me please say hi
Jo Loftus 1hr - Hi there! I'm looking forward to being your 60min pacer. Hope your training has gone well and you are fired up for a great day. Please come say hello before the start. I’m on old hand at pacing having done many with Northern Pacing Volunteers and absolutely love the experience. Together we can do this! Believe in yourself!
Martin Bare 1hr 05mins - Hi, Martin here. I started running at 50 to lose some weight, the pavements are free gyms! I’ve subsequently ran a Marathon as well as many 10ks, Sticking with pacers helped me - it still does - it's a privilege to pay back so look forward to seeing you on the day.
Dave Rooney 1hr 10mins - I started running in 2017 from a zero running background, working my way through the distances of the 10K, half’s then my first marathon in London this year. Been a steel city strider since October 2018. Follow me if you want to achieve a sub 70min, this is my first pacing race and I’m determined to get you to your goal time!
Shaun and Faye Loftus 1hr 15mins - Hi we are your 75 minute pacers. We are a Father and daughter team from Leeds who are looking forward to helping pace you around the course. Come say hello before the off let us know that you're with us. Together we can do this!
James Khan 1hr 20mins - Hi I’m James, I’ve been running since the age of 7 at Princess Mary Athletics Club Juniors where I now occasionally coach on the weekends. My biggest running achievement was running my first half marathon in Leeds in 2016, it took a lot of work to get there and I haven't stopped since. I love of volunteering and my love of running means pacing seems like a logical and wonderful thing to do.
Bekki Wheatley 1hr 25mins - I started running initially to lose weight before my wedding - I had an 8 month old child and REALLY wanted to fit into my dress! I started at parkrun and found it so welcoming and supportive that I kept on going. I then won a place to take part in Leeds 10K - it was terrifying! I had never done an event before and had only ever been to a parkrun but the thrill of taking part, the medal, and the desire to 'do better next time' kept me going back for more. Now it is part of my life, it is one of my habits, my friends are runners, my social life is with runners, and my children join in with running and volunteering too. I love it! I wanted to be a pacer because I want to help others and because I love the atmosphere of races. I love seeing other people achieve and I want to share in their success!
Louise Sheppard 1hr 30mins - Hi, I’m Louise I started running in 2014 as part of St Theresa’s AC beginners’ group. It was hard at first and I struggled to find the motivation, but with the support and encouragement of my club I continued running and since then I have competed over various distances from 5k to half marathons. I’m looking forward to helping others cross the line, whether it is your first race or you’re focused on achieving a time.