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 Questions

Why should I run with a 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 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 Pace Team?

No, this is a free service. Just sign up via the entry form and then join the pacer in the start area.

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.

What are the finish times available for the Manchester Half Pace Teams?

1 Hour 30 Minutes / 1 hour 40 Minutes / 1 Hour 45 Minutes / 1 Hour 50 Minutes / 1 Hour 55 Minutes / 2 Hours / 2 Hours 15 Minutes / 2 Hours 30 Minutes / 2 Hours 45 Minutes / 3 Hours

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 Pacer before the race?

Pacers will filter into their designated wave as it is called forward to leave the Start Access area. They will spread themselves out in the wave as necessary as you walk and so make your way to the one in your wave that you want as your wave walks down towards the start line. Pacers will be identifiable as they will be wearing backpack flags with the target times on them.

If I need the toilet, will they wait for me?

The Pacers will not plan any toilet breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the toilet, run ahead of your team before nipping in, then, depending on your timing you can re-join them or try to slowly catch up with them again.

How does the Pace Team handle drinking at the water stations?

Each 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 Pace Team throughout the race?

No. Runners are welcome to use the Pace Teams for whichever portion of the race they think will help them most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.