I paced sub 4:15 from the blue start on Sunday. I agree with what BR says about the congestion. It was much harder keeping pace for the 2nd half with the amount of people slowing down and walking in front of you.
I used my GPs watch predominantly, but as you can't always keep to the racing line, I used my stop watch and a sub 4:15 pace band as well when going through each mile marker, so I could gauge if my pace was okay. I was trying to average about 5 secs under my 9:43 target to account for not being able to run the racing line.
Thanks to 4.15 pacer from blue start - that you Shady Ady? - I was bang on target until... I twisted my ankle badly after stepping on a dropped water bottle in middle of course at mile 8. kept up until about 18 but eventually had to drop off cos of pain and fatigue in my gait compensating. Now have a left ankle like an elephant's and a creaky right knee but a 4.23 time and 20 min PB. well done RW pacer
Hey Gramshi...if it was the male sub 4:15 pacer you were following from the blue start, then it was me . Congratulations on the new PB, even more impressive considering you stepped on the water bottle so early on. It really was a minefield with the bottles and I saw many runners tripping over them. Once you get over this, you know how much more you can knock off your PB next time. Hopefully a week or two off and you'll be back up running again and planning your next marathon!
I have to say pacing has been probably my most favourite running experience, especially London on Sunday. My plan was to finish 30 secs under 4:15, so there was enough leeway for any stragglers with me to come in under the target. I completed the first half in 2:07:13 and the second half in 2:07:15, so happy with how it went.
The only sad part was that I don't think anybody I started with finished with me. I lost the last person I started with around mile 20. I hung around at the finish to see if I recognised anybody and the girl that I dropped at 20 miles came home with a 9 min PB, so that made my day. Now you've made my day again!
Looking through my photos and checking the times of those I recognised, it seems most lost a minute a mile for the 2nd half. Hopefully they still enjoyed and maybe even PB'd.
It's really great to hear the pacers efforts helped and created some new PBs. I'd like to think we just allowed you to realise your own potential!
My strategy will be as even pacing throughout as possible. I expect to lose maybe a minute or so in the first three miles as I won't be weaving in and out of people. I'll then make whatever time I lose over the next 23 miles.
My goal pace time is 9:43 a mile, but as it'll be near on impossible to keep to the racing line (and will probably mean running an additional 1/4 mile) I'll be aiming for slightly faster - around 9:38 - this will bring me home about 30 secs ahead of 4:15.
I probably wont drink from every water station but I'll have a good idea of who is running around me, so will make sure I slow down as we go through every water station. This should give everybody time to get drinks and keep up. In the latter stages if I know people have been with me for a while and are struggling, I'll try and pick up extra drinks to allow them to continue without stopping. If the backpack allows, I'll also carry a bag of jelly babies if anyone needs.
My sub 4:15 time will be when I cross the start line, so there's a good chance when the different coloured starts meet, there could be a few minutes between my own start time and others around me. I'll be calling out my splits regularly so people can gauge my time compared to theirs and can see if they started ahead or behind me.
The only times I have used pacers in the past is to make sure I don't go off too fast at the beginning and then to use as an incentive to stay in front of in the latter stages of the race.
Congrats again Malcs and everyone else who has set the bar so high with new PBs. This thread has been great reading and excellent motivation. Like Minni says, sub 3:15 hould definitely be the next target, but not until you've enjoyed soaking up what you have just achieved!