Pacing Team

Frequently Asked adidas Manchester Marathon Pacing Team Questions

Why should I run with an adidas Manchester Marathon Pacer?
The adidas Manchester Marathon 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 adidas Manchester Marathon 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 an adidas Manchester Marathon 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 adidas Manchester Marathon Pace Teams?

2.45, 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 6:00

I am not sure which team to join

If you can’t decide between two pace teams (eg. 3:15 and 3:30), we recommended that you join with the slower pace team – you can always speed up later in the race.

What is the actual pace per mile for the different adidas Manchester Marathon Pace Teams?

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 adidas Manchester Marathon 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. adidas Manchester Marathon Pace Teams Leaders will be wearing backpack flags with the target times on them.

I need the toilet, will they wait for me?
adidas Manchester Marathon 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 rejoin them or slowly catch up with them again feeling refreshed.

How does the adidas Manchester Marathon Pace Team handle drinking at the water stations?
Each adidas Manchester Marathon 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 adidas Manchester Marathon Pace Team throughout the race?
No. Runners are welcome to use the adidas Manchester Marathon Pace Teams for whichever portion of the race they think will help them most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.