Sponsored by Arla our team of pacers on the day will be pacing at 5 minute intervals between 40 minutes and 1 hour 15 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!
Warren Armstong 40min - I started running again after finishing playing football. I'll be running in the London Marathon the week before GEAR. Sub 40 mins is a big milestone for 10k so it will be nice to try and help people achieve this.
Adam Howard 45min - My love for running started when I was 8-years-old and had about 6 years of running at a high level. I lost interest but that rejuvenated 15 years later when I started attending Parkrun. I have been injured for the last 2 years which hasn’t been ideal. I would miss not being part of this race so being involved as a pacer instead of racing it is the next best option.
Martin Wells 50min - I love helping others to realise their goals. If I can help just one person to complete the distance in 50 minutes I'll be very happy. You need to put the training in before the day of the race. Just try to push yourself a little bit further each time.
Colin Crump 55min - As a club run leader, I run at many different paces and chat with fellow runners who all run for different reasons: Health (physical and mental), general fitness, competition and social. Whoever you are and whatever reason you run, I'll be happy to run alongside you. I always appreciate the help of pacers when I race and I thought it would be nice if I could provide this help to fellow runners.
Mark Doughty 55min - I’m tall – so you’ll be able to my pacing flag easily! I’m also very good at distracting people as I’m talkative, which may be helpful (or annoying). Helping others to achieve their goals is something I love to do, so being a pacer has been on my bucket list for a while. Having the opportunity to do it in my home town and on one of my favourite runs is going to be special.
Diana Lettice 1hr 10min - Having lost 10 stone in weight and learning to run at the ripe old age of 48, I am happier and healthier now in my fifties than I ever have been before. Many other runners have helped me achieve my own running goals and I would love to help others achieve some of theirs.
Steve Tucker 1hr 10min - I stopped smoking 60 a day in 2012 and started running two months later. I was on British Heart Foundation campaign posters in 2015/16 as an ex-smoker who now ran; an old friend spotted my mug on a doctor’s waiting room wall 150 miles away! I pace at club sessions regularly and was encouraged to do it at GEAR in 2017 by runners at our club.
Fiona Thomas 1hr 15min - I was a pacer for the first time last year. What an incredible experience!! Encouraging others. Helping them to get around the course and finally crossing the finish line with people that had ran with me or near me who were over the moon with their time.
Julia Norman 1hr 15min - I have used pacers myself in the past to help me to get a time I want in a race. It will be a new experience for me, I would like to help others to achieve a time they have been training for. I am good at running a steady pace and I will be positive and encouraging to those who want to follow me Happy to have a chat along the way too!