Gary I will be aiming to run even splits at around 10.10-10.15 minute miles. I think that works better for most people, negative splits being quite hard to achieve.
Bookie, hope the chest gets better, I'm always happy for company and love to chat.
Christine, it's a privilege to be able to give something back when so many people volunteer and make running events possible for us. I think the intention is for the times to be written on the balloons and we were all introduced to the crowd before the start. I hope I will stand out anyway, being the only female pacer this year!
Go into the event with an A, B and C goal. Your A goal being what you hope to run if you don't get a last minute cold/minor injury/have a bad day/have to deal with appalling weather on the course etc, your C goal should always be to finish without injury and your B goal should be somewhere in between.
Hi, longtime member of the forum but rare poster. I am the sub-4.30 hour pacer again this year and if there are any questions I can answer for you, I am happy to do so. We are indeed going to be wearing turquoise t-shirts with our times on the back this year and will be carrying balloons. We were supposed to carry balloons last year, but there was a problem with either the helium or the type of balloon, I forget which.