**Entries to the 2021 Manchester Half are currently closed The information below is relevant to the previous edition of the event**

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.


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

2 Hours 15 Minutes



Full list of Wiggle Pacers will be confirmed closer to the event, but here is a selection of the team, and some more information about them….

Paul Simons

I’m a 54 year old postie, and have been running since I was a 10 year old cub scout (my first evst ever race!).

I was born in London, ran for England, represented my county Middlesex, moved oop North and 15 years ago I held two Guinness World Records. I love pacing at events, helping people to achieve their goals and target times.


Jason Rippingale

My name is Jason and I am the 1:40 Pacer! I’m a club runner & represent Blackburn Road Runners. I am a sub-3 hour marathoner, ultramarathoner and I am  collecting the Abbott Marathon Majors & have the Chicago & New York Marathons to run either side of the Manchester Half this autumn to make it 5 stars out of 6.

My favourite pastime is pacing & helping others achieve PB’s & times I once struggled to achieve.


Marie-Angelique Bueler

I’ve run countless races, and never shut up about running. My main focus has been marathons. Sometimes I get running prizes, often I’ll grab a parkrun and frequently I brag about having met Mo Farah. I’ve done years of official event pacing & I’ve loved pacing at Manchester Half ever since its inaugural event! In fact, I mainly pace-run these days as it presents a thrilling opportunity to bring on lots of people’s running. My proudest moment in running was to receive my Chorlton Runners Club Wings.


Richard Bazeley

I’ve been running for 10 years and know the half marathon race well. With a PB time of 01:20:51 and a track record at various events of pacing times from 01:30 – 2:15, runners will be in safe hands. Not only will I set the pace for you but I’ll be a mobile cheerleader motivating you all the way round. I look forward to running with the 1:55 crew in Manchester!


Phil Jefferies

I’m 53 years old and have been seriously running again for the past 5 years after giving up in the early 1990s. I’m now a regular pacer at events at various distances in the UK and overseas.

I always try to ensure that any pace groups I am leading are encouraged and supported with a smile and a laugh, and looking forward to leading the 2hr fun bus in the Manchester Half.


Alison Duckworth

I’m Alison, your 2 hour Pacer! I’m a Mum of three sporty boys.

We all love running, I’ve done twelve marathons and numerous half marathons.

I’m running the Snowdon Marathon for the third time two weeks after running in Manchester.


Rachel Beddows

I started running in 2012 and have since completed 25 marathons including 3 at Manchester, which is such a great course to run, it’s flat and has the best support on route that I’ve ever experienced. I have had the opportunity to pace several marathons and half marathons where I really enjoy meeting people, hearing their running stories and helping them achieve their goals.

With a steady pace, breaks at aid stations, plenty of encouragement, music and chat I aim to make the miles fly by!