Bupa Great North Run Guide 2012

Cruise through the world's biggest half-marathon with our expert tips and inside info on how to tackle the course

by Alison Hamlett

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You might be encouraged to push the pace on the race's downhill start, but it's important to stick to your pacing strategy at this early stage in the race.

“The most popular and usually the most successful pacing strategy for distance running is to run at a constant speed throughout,” says Simon Fairthorne, Bupa sports physiotherapist at the Bupa Barbican Centre. “At the start of the race, the crowd can make it slow going, but be patient, save your energy, and wait until the crowd thins out before settling into your natural race pace.”  

It takes a while for the 50,000+ runners to cross the start line – but since your chip time only starts when you cross the start line, resist the temptation to rush to the front. 

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