If you’re keen to achieve a certain target time for the Manchester Half, we’ll have a team of pacers on event day to help you reach your goal. They will be easy to identify with backpacks and flags showing their time and will be standing in the relevant start pen areas. Find out more about the pace times and pacers below.
Frequently Asked Manchester Half Pacing Team Questions
Why should I run with a Manchester Half Pacer?
The Manchester Half Pacing Team are all experienced runners and will run even splits throughout the race which will help you to achieve your target time. It will also be a great opportunity to run with a like-minded group making your race more enjoyable.
Do Manchester Half Pacers go by gun time or chip time?
Chip time. Pace Team Leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.
Is there a cost to join a Manchester Half Pace Team?
No, this is a free service. Just sign up via the entry form and then join the pacer in the start area.
What are the finish times available for the Manchester Half Pace Teams?
1 Hour 30 Minutes
1 Hour 35 Minutes
1 Hour 40 Minutes
1 Hour 45 Minutes
1 Hour 50 Minutes
1 Hour 55 Minutes
2 Hours 15 Minutes
2 Hours 30 Minutes
I am not sure which team to join
If you can’t decide between two pace teams (eg. 2:15 and 2:30), we recommended that you join with the slower pace team – you can always speed up later in the race.
How will the pacers run the race?
Pacers will run even splits throughout the entire race. This prevents you from running too fast or too slow.
How do I find my Manchester Half Pace Team before the race?
There are designated start areas that relate to your race number and start time. Pace Team Leaders will be on the RIGHT hand side of the road, close to the start area signs. Manchester Half Pace Teams Leaders will be wearing backpack flags with the target times on them.
I need the toilet, will they wait for me?
Manchester Half Pace Team Leaders will not plan any toilet breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the loo, run ahead of your team before nipping to the loo, then, depending on your timing you can re-join them or slowly catch up with them again feeling refreshed.
How does the Manchester Half Pace Team handle drinking at the water stations?
Each Manchester Half Pace Team will take water and/or isotonic from every water station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race.
Do I have to stay with my Manchester Half Pace Team throughout the race?
No. Runners are welcome to use the Manchester Half Pace Teams for whichever portion of the race they think will help them most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.