Let our experienced official pacers help you make your next Basingstoke Half Marathon your best yet!

Gordon Half Marathon pacer

Gordon Bateman

1.30 pacer


First Half Marathon:2011

Half Marathon PB:1:20

Half Marathons to date: 30

I began running seriously in 2011 and have progressed steadily ever since focusing on speed and distance running, I train with Basingstoke & mid Hants AC. I spend my time competing in various races all over the UK, I’m currently marathon training at the moment. I’m an experienced half marathon distance runner and look forward to pacing for all those keen to achieve that sub 1:30.

Basingstoke Half Marathon is a fantastic well organised event which I look forward to every year. Please come and say hello on the day.

Nick Onslow

Nick Onslow

1.30 pacer

Age: 44

First half marathon: Basingstoke 2013 in 1.33.24

Half marathon PB : 1.25:34

Marathon PB : 3.14:41


I raced bikes for 27 yrs , wanted a new challenge, got into Triathlon, Hated running ! But once I could walk down the stairs after a hard run without holding on , things changed .

Love running now .

I’ve run with the Bramley Trail Runners since 2014.

Last year I ran over 2100 miles.

Qualified last year to run London this year , Awesome experience!

Ran Endure 24hr as a pair in June, taking the win with 145 miles.

Just preparing for the Round Reading Ultra Marathon in July (50km)

I’ve successfully paced several of my fellow BTR club mates to PB’s.

Looking forward to pacing you .

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Matt Pillinger

1.45 pacer

Age: 39

First half marathon: 2008 (Reading)

Half Marathon PB:1:29:26 (Gosport 2017)

Full Marathons PB: 3:29:38 (London 2016)

I am a member of OS (Ordnance Survey) Runners and race regularly in distances from 5k to marathon.   I’ve done about 15 half marathons and over that time have seen my time drop from over 2 hours to the current, just under, 90 minutes.

I ran the first Basingstoke half marathon (the hot one) and have been running or supporting the event ever since, it’s a great, scenic course which certainly has some challenging sections, with lots of enthusiastic supporters too.

I’ve done some unofficial pacing for friends in various events and they’ve done pretty well, so now I’m turning ‘professional’ and hoping that my support, encouragement and pacing will provide the 1% extra you need to achieve your goals.   Please come up and say hello as it will be nice to meet you before the start.

I’ll be aiming to run between 7:50 – 8:10 per mile, except on the tough hill from Cliddesden up to Farleigh Wallop and finishing between 1:44:30 & 1:45:00.

Lots of you will also know me as a Basingstoke parkrun regular.






Andy Yule

1.45 pacer

Age: 40

First Half Marathon: 2013

Half-marathon PB: 1:27

Half Marathons to date: 10

I started running in 2013 and have been a member of Hatch Warren Runners since the club started. Since then I’ve run 3 marathons (including London) and around 10 half marathons and lots of shorter races. My first ever running event was Basingstoke Half Marathon in 2013 and this is the race a look forward to the most each year. Last year I used the pacers to help me achieve a sub 1:30 and found it helped to have them around, so this year I was very happy to get the opportunity to help others achieve their goals. A lot of my clubs training runs are on the Basingstoke Half route during the summer months so I know the course well.

Trev Perrett pacer for Half marathon

Trev Perrett

2.00 pacer


First half marathon: 2010

Half Marathon PB:1:31:35

Full Marathons PB: 3:26:01

I am a member of Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club where I train for both running and triathlon events. I have been training and competing regularly since 2010 and in this time have completed four marathons, a half ironman, Olympic and sprint distance triathlons and numerous half marathons over trail and road.

I have been at the Basingstoke half marathon since the event began, either supporting, racing or pacing, progressing from a 2 hour time to my current PB. I am now delighted  to have been selected as a pacer again and am excited to be helping runners achieve what is a great time on this challenging course.

Good luck with the training and I look forward to seeing you on the start line! If you’ll be joining me be prepared for bad jokes but plenty of encouragement to get  you your time.

Keith Ward

Keith Ward

2.00 pacer

Age: 38

Half-marathon PB: 1:28

I started running since 2007 and quickly got the bug and trained on my own for the first 3 yrs where I ran 2 half marathons and a 10 mile race and a 10k which I enjoyed loads then through a friend I was introduced to a group who went Trail running and this was an eye opener to different running conditions and even though I came back a completely different colour I loved it.

Being in a group helped my running and then I Joined Basingstoke and Mid Hants and through the guys there my running has improved .

I have ran in each of the Basingstoke Half Marathon and last year I Paced my cousin around and really enjoyed it So this year I am looking forward to getting people to there goal time. I train around the Basingstoke half course so know the course well .

One of my strengths is Talking while running I’ve been told this once or twice!

Basingstoke Half Marathon Pacer Karen Hodkin

Karen Hodkin

2.15 pacer

Age: 48

First half marathon:  Reading in 2009

Half Marathon PB:  1:48

I started running in 2008, when a good friend of mine challenged me to run rather than walk the Race 4 Life that year. She put together a training schedule for me and I successfully followed the plan, completed the race and found that I really loved to run.

I am a member and a coach at a local running club – Sherfield Park Runners & have run every Basingstoke Half Marathon since the first race in 2011. My course PB is 1hr 57mins which I achieved in 2012 and I hope to be able to run each year for as long as possible to maintain my “ever present” status.

I am, also, an “ever present” pacer and I very much look forward to helping fellow runners achieve the finish time of 2hrs 15mins.

Stuart Dewey

Stuart Dewey

2.15 pacer

Age: 44

First half marathon:  Reading

Half Marathon PB:  1:42

I have taken part in every Basingstoke half marathon and it’s without a doubt my favourite I have been a member of a Basingstoke running club for years and I am looking forward to helping you reach your target of a sub 2:15 half marathon

Pachi pacer

Pachi Lopez

2.30 pacer


Half Marathon PB:1:43

I started running in 2011 when we got our dog. I have been running since and after a year running I started my own business as a Running Coach. I have coached many people to run the Basingstoke Half Marathon and have paced some others around the course too.

I have run many half marathons (lost count..) road and trail and the Basingstoke Half Marathon is my favourite road half marathon. I love the scenery and the organisation is amazing. They are a very small team who work very hard to make sure everything is in place for the runners to have a great time.

I am very grateful I can be part of this great event as a pacer this year and will make sure not only that you achieve your goal but that you have a fantastic time running it.

Barry Sherwood

Barry Sherwood

2.30 pacer


First Half Marathon – Sheffield 2008

HM PB – 1h55m

I am a member of Start2Jog running club based in Glossop in Derbyshire, I am currently partaking in a Marathon a month for 2018. I also participate in events from 5k up to Ultra Marathon Distances having completed “The Wall” in 2016 (69 Miles from Carlisle to Gateshead) I have also competed in Triathlon in every distance from Super Sprint up to Ironman

The best thing I like about pacing people is helping them achieve their goals and to bring a bit of laughter into their runs, especially on the hills

I have paced many people at many events in my role as coach of our running club and i’m really looking forward in helping you achieve your goals this year!!