Yes I think you could be right - the pacers didn't cross the line and I don't think they had numbers on. I just find it quite intriguing as she was African and looked like an elite fast marathon runner, and the pacers must have been pretty accomplished to pace someone at that time. Though I suppose as you say they may not have run the whole race....
Yes I wondered that but my friend was pacing (for 4:15) and you see the faster runners coming back - he said she was definitely there from pretty early on because he noticed she had different pacers with her. But the elites have a different start so she could have missed some of it I guess. She looked absolutely finished at the end as well; practically collapsed over the line.
I wondered if anyone can clear up a mystery for me? I was watching the Brighton marathon yesterday and was at the finish when the elites came through. The second woman came through in 2:35xx and was with 2 male pacers who had pacer t shirts, though not the official brighton marathon ones. Anyway she wasn't given a medal as second when Paula Radcliffe did the presentation and in the results, she is just listed with her number and time but no name. She came in 11th overall: http://brighton.marathonapp.net/events/2014/races/1/checkpoints/13/results/overall/gun/1.50.html I am intrigued - what is that all about, does anyone know?
Well done Tim!! Our times are almost the same! I know someone else who did Baldock in 1:53 xx and he got 1: 47 xx at Reading. He's also marathon training.
Hambag, I don't have such a formal plan but I usually run 5 or 6 times a week: a lsr of 12 - 15, a 7 mile run to work, Parkrun every week which I suppose is like a tempo run and then 2 or 3 short (3 mile) runs. For me, doing over 12 miles regularly has definitely helped as it stops me slowing down in the race. It really helped to have someone pacing me as well,