12 Sep

Places and Pacers At Basingstoke

Pacers at Basingstoke Half

The Basingstoke Half Marathon is fast approaching, but organisers say there are still places available for the event which takes place on Sunday 5 October.

This year's event is set to be enhanced by the addition of 10 ‘pacers’ who will run at a consistent pace through the race to help others achieve their goals.

Uganda's Nathan Ayeko with a personal best of 62:04 and Gladys Kwambai of Kenya with a best of 75:03 are expected to be at the forefront in the elite men and women's races respectively.

“We are really looking forward to bringing Nathan and Gladys to Basingstoke." said Tom Snow of RunFast "I’ve told them that it’s a lovely race course and that our RunFast friends always get a great welcome. I think there is a good chance that Nathan will challenge the course record set by Andrew Lesuuda in 2012.

"Andrew used the Basingstoke Half as a springboard for his running career in the UK and went on to win Cardiff and Reading half marathons soon after."

In addition this year there will be pacers running the race in set times ranging from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2:30 to help people achieve their goals on this challenging route.

“This year we wanted to introduce another element to the race to help people achieve specific goals they may have. We have a lot of loyal runners who have run the race since the inaugural year; and perhaps now want to improve on their times.

"There will also be newcomers who want some 'hand holding' too. Our enthusiastic pacers are looking forward to helping our runners reach the finish line with a shiny new PB!” said assistant race director Nina Muir.

Road closures will be in place during the day which will affect local and through traffic (especially the A339 Alton road south of Basingstoke), full details of the closures and timings together with useful information on alternative routes is available on the event website.