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As an experienced pacer I know and respect the duties and obligations on us to ensure 100% that our performance on the day is going to guarantee the finish time and equal pace throughout the race.
Before last night's training run, I was confident of being able to run a minute per km faster than required - I did 2:19 for 22km on our hill course on Sunday morning but during the slower 12km jog last night, I felt an uncomfortable twinge in my left quad resulting in 1:42 for 12.2km. I stretched and treated it as I would normally do this morning and it has not produced the recovery I had expected or hoped for. So out of respect for all those who I would have been pacing on Sunday, my fellow pacers and equally importantly the GNR which is my favourite half marathon, I wish to give you as much notice as possible to inform another pacer on your reserve list - while I am bitterly disappointed in not being able to have the honour of pacing at the GNR this year, I feel I owe it to everyone to be honest and to keep to our (pacers) commitment to inform you if there was a risk of not being able to deliver.
I feel able to run the distance and will be taking part on Sunday but without the honour of being a pacer. I hope that you would consider me as a pacer for the 2022 event. I will let you know how I get on out of courtesy and respect.
Thanking you in advance for your understanding.