Paula's guide and pacemaker...


If you want to thank Weldon Johnson for doing such a great job pacing and guiding our Paula to her world record on Sunday, you can email him at:

Also, he wrote a really interesting piece about pacing some of the elite men at last year's Chicago marathon -

Go on, give the guy a virtual pat on the back - he deserves it.



  • I read that last night as it was v interesting. Just a thought..but perhaps we can persuade Weldon to act as a rabbit for all us URWFRC runners down in Brighton, to pull us all along to pb's. I don't think he'll have trouble in running at our pace, as apparantly he has run 28.10 for 10K !!, although NN might make him stretch his legs a bit. !

    Not sure of his going rate, but maybe we can tempt him with beer and doughnuts on the pier afterwards - and a free URWFRC vest. ! DW ?
  • maybe if we threw in a bag of chips too?
  • I think he would also benifit for the scottish speciality of a deep fried mars bar. What do you reckon?
  • I think the Mars bar might swing it...
  • ..and not forgetting the all expenses paid trip around the sealife centre,..and £10 in cash (in 20p's) to spend on the amusement arcade.. and of course the free deckchair hire !

    I think it's in the bag - just need to email this thread to his website in the US. !
  • Hm, will he know what a Mars Bar is? Maybe that's called something else in American. Also, "bag of chips" might be confusing - do we mean crisps?

    Beer and doughnuts should translate OK.
  • Odds on the Chicago Post (or whatever its called) saying that of course Paula only did it coz of help from an American chap?
  • Nick, he was wearing one of those funny hats for the first few miles too - so I guess the French press think part of his job is carrying her drugs for her!

    Anyway, from reading his website he's a really genuine guy who wouldn't take any credit that wasn't due him.
  • Gareth - you sent that invite yet?
  • What about honorary membership of the club?

    Don't get me started on the Tribune again.
  • i've been trying but no luck at the moment.

    i've tried setting up a thread on the letsrun forum. i'll keep working on it.
  • Neilruns - i have now set up a thread on which hopefully Weldon may have a look at. !! check out the main message board.

    Brighton event organisers should await his entry in eager anticipation. ! however, i did say that we were still struggling to raise the air fare, but that we were working on it.
  • Nice thread on lets run forum. V intimidating threads on there. I think I'll stick to Good old RW
  • JJ - i did have a quick look at some of the other threads, and i agree. However, some of the forumites from 'the dark side' may feel at home there !
  • i think i've had a response from 'the man' himself ?? or it could be someone else under the name 'wejo'. Anyway he said he was going to check out this thread, even though he's informed us that RW tried to sue (oops - didn't know that).
  • Having had a better look at the forum - the response is indeed from Weldon himself. Quite surprised / pleased that he's going to take the time to have a look at this thread. Hopefully he might find it amusing. You never know he may come over..

    Have a look at some of the other forum threads on letsrun, especially on paula / wejo and the chicago marathon. Some of them are pretty interesting reading !

    Are you still running in Wilmington next weekend ??
  • Gareth - some of the people posting there seem like real whackos, either that or they get an enormous amount of pleasure from goading people (same thing really). They'd get into serious legal sh1t if they were posting on a UK-based site.

    Anyhow, Weldon - you out there?


  • We need him on the darkside.....
    Wejo can you hear us?
  • Weldons posted another message on the forum thread (re : Weldon for Brighton). i think he might come along if Reebok offer to pay his air fare. !

  • I'll give a fiver.
  • He wasn't the guy with the crayzee diggers (sideburns) wearing the vest with the diagonal stripe on it was he? That guy looked like some mad 70's throwback. Still, he can run a damn sight quicker than me. -sigh-
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