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Meet Your Pacers

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

Enter the 2021 Basingstoke Half Marathon / 10k

Gordon Bateman

1:30 Pacer

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.

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Andy Goddard

1:30 Pacer

I am a member of Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC and have been running anything from 1500m to full marathon since starting as an over-weight (then recently) ex-smoker in 2011.

I am currently working my way through the 6 Marathon Majors (London, NYC, Boston and Berlin done) and will be running Chicago Marathon exactly a week after pacing the Basingstoke Half Marathon.

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Matt Pillinger

1:45 Pacer

I am a member of OS (Ordnance Survey) Runners and race regularly in distances from 5k to marathon. I’ve done over 20 half marathons and in that time have seen my time drop from over 2 hours to the current, just under, 90 minutes.

The 2018 event was my first “professional” pacing and I was fortunate enough to be asked to pace again this year. This summer I’ve run the course several times with friends to practice finishing in 1:45 and also find the easiest way to run that time – you’ll know the course isn’t flat so smooth 8:00m/m pace wouldn’t be in your best interests.

Come up and say hello before the event, and if 1:45 is your goal, stick with me – we’ll get there together. Lots of you will also know me as a Basingstoke parkrun regular.

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James Baulch

1:45 Pacer

My first ever running event was this Basingstoke Half Marathon in 2011 for charity, and since been a pacer twice (only missing 2017 because injury). Have many other passions from cycling, swimming and surfing as well as Ironman, but love hilly trail running and beer stops.

If sub 1:45 is your target, I will do everything to help you achieve with lots of encouragement and progress updates. Basingstoke half route is a super course as my training ground, and excited to run in reverse. The support locally will be amazing again, hugely appreciated.

See you on the start line and celebrate your finish.

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Nikki Savings

2:00 Pacer

I started running in 2011 after a friend suggested we train for the 1st Basingstoke half marathon together.  I enjoyed the training and race so much that I went onto joining a running club and have taken part in every Basingstoke half marathon since.

I am a member and Coaching Coordinator at Chineham Park Running Club and have volunteered over the last few years leading runners on practise runs around the half marathon course in preparation for race day.

I am a keen marathon and ultra-runner who enjoys nothing more than running and chatting with friends/family and helping others achieve their goals. I have bags of enthusiasm and will help motivate you along your way to reaching your target this year.

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Graham Collins

2:00 Pacer

I started running in 2011 after a friend suggested we train for the 1st Basingstoke half marathon together.  I enjoyed the training and race so much that I went onto joining a running club and have taken part in every Basingstoke half marathon since.

I am a member and Coaching Coordinator at Chineham Park Running Club and have volunteered over the last few years leading runners on practise runs around the half marathon course in preparation for race day.

I am a keen marathon and ultra-runner who enjoys nothing more than running and chatting with friends/family and helping others achieve their goals. I have bags of enthusiasm and will help motivate you along your way to reaching your target this year.

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Karen Hodkin

2:15 Pacer

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.

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Stuart Dewey

2:15 Pacer

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.

 
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Kevin Biles

2:30 Pacer

I love to run out on trails and roads – different distances, different paces, but always with a purpose, sometimes with others, sometimes on my own and that’s the great thing about running…there’s always someone or something else to chase! I run with a fantastic club, Hatch Warren Runners here in Basingstoke and have met so many great friends, all of them awesome runners.

Basingstoke Half Marathon is such a special race here in my home town and I can’t wait to run with you. See you at the start…and alongside you at the finish!

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Kieran New

2:30 Pacer

I am a member of Dulwich Runners AC and mainly compete on road and trail, halves and marathons across Europe. I am experienced pacer and can’t wait to meet and chat to you and share that special moment of crossing the line together and smashing our goal. I have plenty of energy, bags of sweets and a few bad jokes to get us over the line.

I am super excited and proud to get the opportunity to take part in this awesome event. Can’t wait to see you at the start line 🙂

Enter the 2021 Basingstoke Half Marathon / 10k

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