Yes, it's back, back again!
Sorry LB but it does state that there will be pens according to your finishing time .
I definitely think you need them even with "only" 2000 runners . Nothing worse than having slow runners blocking your way at the start . And its just not safe .
Don't remember pens from last year, but you could be right Kevin.
Slower runners are always going to be a problem for faster folk until the race organisers make people provide proof of a previous PB before they allocate pen places, as we have constant proof from every Great North Run!
Bit late should have looked for a thread on this earlier. This will be my first half marathon, im looking forward to it but im slow so will be starting a the back and finishing towards the end. Hoping to get round in under 2hrs 30.
I did this event last year (as my first ever race) and finished in 2:49, and there were still people finishing behind me. I think the last finisher was about 3hrs 20.
Having made a serious effort this year and with a couple of other events in between i am looking to finish in under 2:15 ( i recently did a full HM training run in 2:14:57)
I am sure that there are some people out there that would call 2:15 slow, but for me i'm well chuffed. and anyone who finishes, regardless of time, has achieved something.
I want to get cosy in the miggle of the pack....
Are there pacers?
From the race pack:
"We will have a team of New Balance Pacers who will help you keep pace with your target time throughout the race"
Usually they have something like 7 min mile group , then 8 , then 9 and so on . Unfortunately I run just under 8 minute miles and nowhere near 7 , so am a bit snookered . Dont think they can cater for everyone . Just stand in the right pen and get dragged along with runners who are aiming for a similar finishing time . I hope to get somewhere near the back of the 1:30 to 1:45 pen .
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