Keep up the pace with our Brooks Pacers
Let Brooks help you get to the finish line and achieve your PB over the UWA Half Marathon. This year's Brooks Pacers are more excited than ever, thanks to a flatter and faster course incorporating the beautiful grounds of UWA.
Meet up with your Brooks Pacemaker at the start line - no pre-registration necessary.
As always, please be courteous to other runners by letting faster runners pass and helping ease congestion.
Top 5 Tips to Best Use Your Pacers
To anyone taking part in the UWA Half Marathon, a Brooks Pacer is a bit like an old friend – in it for the long haul, and always there when it counts.
The Brooks Pacers are a group of experienced runners that run the half marathon at a designated pace, and hold that pace for the duration of the race.
If you have a specific (and achievable) goal in mind, then using a pacer is a great way of hitting your target, planning your race, or beating that PB you’ve been chasing!
We had a chat to Dave Dawes, Brooks Pacer, experienced runner and physio at Subiaco Physiotherapy, about his top 5 tips to best use your pacers.
1. Pick your pace.
Work out what pace you need to run at to achieve your goal, find the corresponding pacer then stick with them for the race. “So if your goal is to run under an hour 45 mins, then you’ll need to run with the 5 min/km pacer for most of the way,”
Meet up with your Brooks Pacers at the start line – no pre-registration necessary!
UWA Half Marathon Brooks Pacers
2. Use the pacers to help with your race plan
If you plan to run a faster last 10km than your first 11.1km, you might choose to run with a pacer for the first half of the race, then leave them for dead in the second half. “Remember, it’s your race so you choose how you run it!” Says Dave.
3. Work within your limitations
Choose a pace that you can manage based on your training and fitness levels. You should have run at least 14km at your goal pace before race day. Dave says, “If things aren’t going to plan and you need to slow down the pace, or even walk for a bit, it’s best to do this and finish the race in your own time. And by the same token, if you’re feeling really great late in the race, feel free to burn off on your pacer.”
4. Be friendly
Pacers are people too – feel free to have a chat to them along the way.
5. Factor in the last 100m
A half marathon is 21.1km. Make sure you factor this last 100m into your calculations and allow time to hit your goal!