Well that was great fun. Today I paced at the Great Scottish Run 10k and had a great time!
My job was to pace it in 50 minutes, and I helped lots of people run it in under / around 50 minutes.
I walked into Glasgow Green for about 8am and randomly met Greg from my home town and year in school… random but nice. He was hoping to run it faster than 50, so I’d maybe see him later.
Here’s me outside the Marshall’s tent in Glasgow Green. After picking up my Pacer gear, I went up to George Square and got ready to run.
10k – 50 minute pacing
At the start line in George Square met a few people I’d helped pace before – Ruth and Eilidh, and Gill and Martin ran with me too. I walked from the back of the crowd to not far from the front so that as many people as possible could see me as a possible target to stick with. I met Rona who reads my blog – hello Rona – nice to meet you!
Before we started, I met and chatted to Andy who stuck with me the whole way, Paul who overtook me at about 8 or 9k, Sean who said he was sort of aiming for 55 and smashed it by over taking me and finishing confidently in under 50 minutes! 🙂
I met John, and Fergus, Victoria, Alexander and another John and many many more, Mark who lost me at about 5 or 6k but who did really well in finishing in about 52 minutes. I joked as I was running down Finneston Street just after the start…. ‘It’s been a long time since I’ve had so many men chasing after me like this!’
I also kept telling everyone that they were not hills they were seeing …. ‘It was FLAT, and if they looked down and didn’t think it was a hill, It would be fine!’. Mind over matter. 🙂
Here’s Greg after he finished. 🙂 Thumbs up!
After the run, I walked home and then went to the 8 mile mark of the Half Marathon and saw quite a few of you as you ran your half marathon. Louise, Stuart, Wendy, Claire, Joanne, Susan, Suleman, Emma. Little Freya Ross breezed past me just after mile 8 – race face ON. 😉
Anyway, if I met you today I hope I helped. You did great and I feel privileged to have been able to help so many of you. 🙂
My Garmin time was 50 minutes bang on… and my chip time was 50:02.
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Once again, well done to everyone who took part today – you did great!