The Perkins Great Eastern Run is organised by runners for runners and on our flat and fast course we want you to have the best possible chance to achieve your target time.
With this in mind and as we continue to try to grow the event into the best race we can make it, we have introduced pacers to help you achieve that new personal best time.
We will have pacers offering seven different target times on the day:
- 1:30 (6.52 min/mile)
- 1:40 (7.38 min/mile)
- 1.50 (8.23 min/mile)
- 2.00 (9.09 min/mile)
- 2.10 (9.55 min/mile)
- 2.20 (10.41 min/mile)
- 2.30 (11.27 min/mile)
- Get you round – target pace 2.45 (12.35 min/mile)
If case you've not taken part in a race before where pacers have been provided we've produced the following responses to frequently asked questions, which we hope will cover any enquiries you might have
Who are the pacers?
How do I know what pace is best for me?
However for the novice runner the best advice is start conservatively, don't start to fast, if you do then you will pay the price in the last three miles. Running at an even pace for the full distance is always the best way of covering the half marathon distance.
Finally line up in the start area in your correct time zone, don't worry about the runners in front of you, the chip timing will ensure that your time only starts when you cross the mat on the start line, not when the gun goes!
Where will I find the pacers on race morning?
Do I need to register in advance?
Is there an additional cost to joining a pacer group?
Can I switch pacer groups?
Will the pacers run at an even pace?
Will the slower groups take walking breaks?
Will we walk through the drinks stations?
Are the pacers running the full distance?
Can we meet the pacers before race day?