MEET THE SPORTSTIKS PACERS

IN THE BRENTWOOD HALF MARATHON 2020

2 HR 30 MIN PACERS

Paul Smailes

What time are you pacing?

2hr 30min 11:27min/mile

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

Most weeks I run a half marathon in training – sometimes 2. I think I’ve done Brentwood 4 times. Lost count of how many marathons as I did a marathon distance each month last year and entered several big and small events – maybe 20-25?

What are your PBs

5k 21.42 / Half Marathon 1.42 / Marathon 3.43

Why are you a runner?

It’s my go to space!

What running moment are you most proud of?

My 85.5mile 24hr event last year

How do you stay motivated to keep running?

Pick some good songs, run with good people, choose some good routes

What are your tips for race day?

It’s just another run, don’t stress. Make sure you use energy products to avoid depletion.

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

I work as a cycling instructor and enjoy cycling, running and swimming!

Craig Grote

What time are you pacing?

2hr 30min 11:27min/mile

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

6 half marathons including 2 Brentwood Half Marathons

What’s your half marathon PB?

1hr 51

Why are you a runner?

Because I enjoy the “me time” of it. I can be stressed out with general life but as soon as I get out the door to run it all goes!

What running moment are you most proud of?

Getting my mum round the Great North Run in 2016

How do you stay motivated to keep running?

Just thinking about my physical and mental state when I wasn’t running. I don’t want to go back to that.

What are your tips for race day?

Start slow at your own comfortable pace. Start too quick and trust me it will come back to bite you, I’ve been there!!

Don’t be shy with the Vaseline!!