Pacer Gary

Where are you from?

Gloucester; United Kingdom

Current P.R.


Typical pace

Around 10.00 miling

Number of marathons



Procurement Consultant

Favorite marathon



Soccer; Running & Reading

Favorite Running Food

Cadburys Chocolate

What are you reading now?

John Grisham – The Whistler

Who do you train with?

Mostly Solo

Personal goals

To pace in 100 Marathons

To do more marathons as a Guide Runner

Enter and complete a 100 mile race

A quotation you like…

Behind every brilliant performance there were countless hours of practice and preparation.
Eric Buttterworth

Why do you run?


I run because it enables me to stay fit and healthy and presents me with lots of ‘me time’. ‘Me time is where I clear my head and crystalise any thought I am having and as I am a morning person – set me up for the day ahead.

Describe your best marathon memory.


In 2014, I guided a blind runner (Paul Watts) round the Hereford Marathon. It made me appreciate how lucky we are to be able to witness the beautiful scenery we had and how somebody not so fortunate can still get a buzz from taking part; finishing 26.2 miles and putting their faith 100% in somebody to guide them round safely and to be a good companion for the best part of 5 hours. A truly humbling experience.

Why do you pace?


I pace because I love meeting new people and love trying to make their race day both memorable and fun. As I normally pace sub 5.00 groups I am usually surrounded by first timers who are really nervous. I calm their concerns by playing 60s; 70s & 80s music all the way round and try and get them to sing along when they can. Plus the hugs and high 5s at the finish make it all worthwhile.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


It has to be the 1st London Marathon I paced in 2016. I had a large number of runners with me throughout the race but 1 runner (Dave Horton) had been on my bus for the previous 2 years and at 4 other marathons in between – each time falling away around 17-19 miles and finishing 30 minutes or so off my pace. In 2016 – Dave dug deep with the help of lots of other runners on my bus and got his sub 5 marathon (4.59.38) despite wanting to stop and fall back from mile 20 onwards. We had a memorable photo at the finish – a great day.  

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I pride myself in making it fun. I am supportive throughout; make sure my runners hydrate by walking through each aid station and constantly feedback on how they are doing. With the aid of my iPhone and Bluetooth speaker I also play music all the way round to try help take their mind of how difficult running 26.2 miles is.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Just trust in your pace leader. Ensure you hydrate pro-actively. Be prepared to sing.

Anything else you’d like to share?

As I am normally pacing slower groups I sometimes run ahead and take photos of the group that I look to share with them and sometimes on Twitter so they can see how well they were doing at various stages.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am a qualified cricket coach and have coached young cricketers (aged 10-17) on a voluntary basis for over 25 years. In addition, I often look to utilize my business contacts to raise much needed funds for various charities. As a result, my running activities thus far have raised over £90,000 for UK charities.



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