A great team of pace runners is available to help you achieve your goal finish time. Pacers will run the following times: 3:00, 3:15, 3:29, 3:30, 3:45, 3:58, 3:59, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30. There will be 3 pacers for the 4:00 hour runners: 1 at 3:58, 1 at 3:59, and 1 at 4:00 pace. This is to spread you out along the course and make running more comfortable for you and your fellow runners. They will be easy to identify with back packs and flags showing their time and will be standing in the relevant start pen areas.
Frequently Asked ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pacing Team Questions
Why should I run with an ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pacer?
The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pacing Team are all experienced runners and will run even splits throughout the race which will help you to achieve your target time. It will also be a great opportunity to run with a like-minded group making your race more enjoyable.
Do ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pacers go by gun time or chip time?
Chip time. ASICS Pace Team Leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.
Is there a cost to join an ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Team?
No, this is a free service. Just sign up via the entry form and then join the pacer in the start area.
What are the finish times available for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Teams?
3:00, 3:15, 3:29, 3:30, 3:45, 3:58, 3:59, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30
I am not sure which team to join
If you can’t decide between two pace teams (eg. 3:15 and 3:30), we recommended that you join with the slower pace team – you can always speed up later in the race.
What is the actual pace per mile for the different ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Teams?
The chart below lists Runners World Pace Team times and corresponding per mile times:
Target Finish Time Pace per mile
How will the pacers run the race?
ASICS Pacers will run even splits throughout the entire race. This prevents you from running too fast or too slow.
How do I find my ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Team before the race?
There are designated start areas that relate to your race number and start time. Pace Team Leaders will be on the RIGHT hand side of the road, close to the start area signs. ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Teams Leaders will be wearing backpack flags with the target times on them.
I need the toilet, will they wait for me?
ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Team Leaders will not plan any toilet breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the loo, run ahead of your team before nipping to the loo, then, depending on your timing you can rejoin them or slowly catch up with them again feeling refreshed.
How does the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Team handle drinking at the water stations?
Each ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Team will take water and/or isotonic from every water station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race.
Do I have to stay with my ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Team throughout the race?
No. Runners are welcome to use the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Pace Teams for whichever portion of the race they think will help them most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.