MEET THE SPORTSTIKS PACERS

IN THE BRENTWOOD HALF MARATHON 2020

1HR 45 MIN PACERS

Stuart Weaver

What time are you pacing?

1hr 45 min 8:00 min/mile

How many half marathons have you run, including how many Bentwood Half Marathons?

This is my first Brentwood Half Marathon and I’m really excited to be able to support our runners as part of the pacing team.  I’ve run lots of half marathons, approximately 10 including Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Headcorn, Clacton and Great Bentley to name a few. My PB is 1:26:46 so you’ll be in safe hands on the 1:45 Bus.

What are your PBs

1hr 26 half marathon and 3hr 07 marathon

Why are you a runner?

I run for so many reasons. Primarily this was (and still is) to support my health, both physical and mental.  As time has gone on, I’ve found that I just love to run with other people, whether training for a specific race, or at my local club.  It’s a fantastic feeling helping other people out.  So much so that I’ve recently qualified as an England Athletics Coach to enable me to pass on my knowledge to others.

What running moment are you most proud of?

I’d say that I have two proudest moments.  One being my PB last year at the Chicago Marathon (3:07:01) and the other leading our One2Run5k group (beginners) at our club, through 13 weeks of a wonderful program.  It was an amazing experience to see this group develop and graduate through to running comfortably.

How do you stay motivated to keep running?

Staying motivated it always a tough one.  It’s ok to have the odd off day you know! When in a training block for a race, I try to focus on what I’m training for and why I’m doing it. When it’s tough to get out of bed or you’ve had a hard day at work, or the kids are being a ‘challenge’ – remember the end goal.  I’ve completed plenty of runs that I haven’t enjoyed but I can honestly say that I’ve never regretted having gone out.  On race day, believe in your training, focus on the end goal and the sense of achievement that you will feel when you cross the line.

What are your tips for race day?

Tips – Number One tip is to enjoy your run.  What’s the point otherwise? Start the night before by eating well (something that you are used to) and resting up.  Get up nice and early and eat a breakfast that you are used to having.  Leave plenty of time to get to the race too.  Once there try and relax, meet up and chat to other runners.  Warm up sensibly.  Go to the loo if possible.

Secondly, pace yourself.  So many of us tear off at the start at a pace that we may never keep up for more than a mile or two.  Even splits (consistent pace) will help you hugely.  That’s the pacers job too!! During the race take on water at the aid stations – you need to be hydrated throughout.

Finally, Tip Three.  Be proud of what you have achieved, whether its a PB, your first race or just the fact that you’ve finished.  Show off your bling!!

Anything else you’d like people using your pace to know about you?

Lucy Golding

What time are you pacing?

1hr 45 min 8:00 min/mile

How many half marathons have you run, including how many Bentwood Half Marathons?

I’ve run 6 half marathons, including Brentwood for the first time in 2019

What is your half marathon PB

1hr 35min

 

Why are you a runner?

Like a lot of people, I started off running to sort my fitness out and lose some extra weight. Once I completed the couch to 5k app I began entering lots of local races, joined a club, and realised how much I enjoyed improving my times and racing against others.

What running moment are you most proud of?

I am most proud of breaking 20 minutes for the first time on a new years day parkrun this year- with sore feet and very little sleep!

How do you stay motivated to keep running?

I really enjoy getting out and listening to audiobooks and podcasts on easy paced runs, but my motivation for the harder stuff comes from booking in lots of races so I have something to train towards.

What are your tips for race day?

Have a target pace in mind and utilise the pacing team where you can! I find following the back of someones head much easier than staring at my garmin every minute… and it allows me to relax more in to the run.