5 Oct

Pace The Key For Perfect Race

Running at an even pace

Human Race, the leading UK events company has launched the Human Race Pace Series, which starts with the Garmin Kingston Run Challenge on 13 October. The aim of the series is to help runners of all abilities to get back to basics and learn how to properly pace their running events.

Having a pace strategy and a target time is not just for serious runners, even those new to mass participation events and aiming to complete the course should know their target pace and have a pace strategy to help get the most from their run.

The three events in the series are:

  • Garmin Kingston Run Challenge - 13 October 2013 - 8.2miles, 16miles or 24miles (individual and relay) run
  • Garmin Race Your Pace Half Marathon - 15 February 2014
  • Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run - 23 March 2014 - along the banks of the River Thames by Hampton Court Palace where runners can race over 8.2miles or 16miles.

At each of these events split times will be monitored at various points throughout the run courses, and participants will be provided with tips and information on how to pace their perfect run before, during and after each event. Timing mats will be stationed at regular intervals and personal post race analysis will be provided for each runner, with further support and advice from Pace Series ambassador, Martin Yelling.

Yelling, a former international runner, elite multisport athlete and founder of the UK's number one running podcast, Marathon Talk, has coached many runners from nervous first timers to elite athletes. In pre and post-race communications Yelling will be on hand to offer advice and tips to help runners produce their perfect race, whether their goal is to simply complete the course, achieve a new personal best or aim for a specific time. "How many times have we heard fellow runners remark after a race 'I was feeling really good until mile X, then the wheels came off and I really struggled in the second half'? The primary reasons for this are, inadequate or inappropriate training, neglecting nutrition or most commonly and most importantly, poor pacing." Yelling said.

"Working out a pace strategy that matches your race aspirations and motivation really helps you have a much better race experience. Meeting your fellow runners in your group ahead of the runs will add a great social element to the events and will generate a real buzz. This is an exciting addition to Human Race's running events and I encourage everyone to get involved."

These events have traditionally attracted runners who are training for a forthcoming marathon, including New York and London, and with the addition of the Pace Series runners will now have better advice and analysis than previously provided by other pre-marathon events. In addition to the three events, Human Race will be hosting the Garmin Pace Your Race Seminar on 15 February 2014 with Martin Yelling, giving runners the chance to ask questions and receive tips and advice on how to run to the best of their ability.

To register for a Human Race Pace Series race visit the series website. For regular series updates follow Human Race Events on Twitter @HumanRaceEvents and Facebook. You can also follow Martin Yelling on Twitter @myelling.