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The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon 2018 is fast approaching and the Xempo pacer teams are getting ready meet you all!

Xempo Race Pacing provide a number of “Pacers” in order to help half marathon runners gauge their progress throughout the race and achieve their desired finish time. Pacers run at a steady pace, with large coloured flags which indicate their finish time and if you’ve been at a half marathon anywhere in the south over the past few years there’s a good chance you’ll have spotted their dedicated team of pace runners. Find out more about your pacer bellow:

Pacer Team 1 – 1h30m – David Hellard & Andrew Grigg

 Pacer Andrew Grigg

Andrew Grigg

Hello I’m Andrew and I’m a runner for South London’s Herne Hill Harriers. My current goal is training towards the VMLM 2018. I have a PB of 77:40 at the Surrey Half and looking forward to pacing others towards their sub 90 minute goal. I can be found on Instagram @GriggRunning.


Pacer Team 2 – 1h40m/1h45m – Natalie Carroll, Paul Addicott & Sean Martin

Pacer Paul Addicott

Paul Addicott

Hi I’m Paul and I will be leading the 1:40 #funbus on Sunday. Why is it the funbus? Because after years of pacing events I have learnt that it’s much more than just running even splits, my aim is to ensure you enjoy yourself. You have done the hard work in training, now let me set the pace so you can relax and enjoy the fantastic Surrey Half.

This will be the 45th Official event I have paced, and I have experience pacing at Surrey alongside events such as London, Berlin, Manchester, Liverpool and many more.

Please come and introduce yourself to me, prepare for a selfie or two, and you will likely feature in my blog:

Find Paul on: 

Twitter – @paul_addicott

Instagram –  @pauladdicott

Facebook – pickupthepacepaul


Pacer Natalie Carrol

Natalie Carrol

I started running about three years ago, and I absolutely love it! Since then I’ve taken part in lots of events, both on road and cross country, with the half marathon being one of my favourites. I also have a tendency to look slightly mad when I run – usually because I’ve seen someone I know cheering and I’m a bit too excited (which makes for some interesting photos!), but if I can find people who don’t embarrass too easily I enjoy running in groups and spurring each other on.

My main source of motivation comes from the cake waiting for me at home, but chasing that elusive PB is a close second, and I hope that I’ll be helping other runners to smash theirs at Surrey half!

Pacer Team 3 – 1:50 – Damian James, Tony Wicking, Brain Kerr

Pacer Damian James

Damian Jones

Hi, I’m Damian, and will be your 1:50 pacer and I can’t wait to help you achieve your running goal at the Surrey Half Marathon. I have paced with Xempo before so have good experience of maintaining a steady pace from start to finish. If you stick with me I will bring you in just under 1:50 (chip time). I run for Windle Valley Runners which is my local club as I live in Surrey and in 2017 I ran 12 half marathons including 4 PB’s. In 2018 I hope to complete at least 15 half’s and Surrey will be my 5th since January.

I love the challenge of running in general but with half marathons I enjoy constantly trying to push myself. The fast road races are great fun but equally I love trail half marathons which allow you to take in amazing countryside scenery. Please come and say hello when you see me (you can’t miss the huge flag I will be carrying).

 Pacer Tony Wicking

Tony Wicking

“From achieving my sub 1:30 PB at Surrey in 2015 actually it was 1:26:55 so I take the 1:26, well who wouldn’t?  I am currently training for this year’s 50 mile and 24hr endurance races, having moved up from marathons just to up the ante a little.  Well you have to keep pushing the boundaries don’t you? So it’s time to enjoy the Surrey Half and run and set some PB’s for others,  I am running and carrying the flag for 1:50 hrs and am looking forward to meeting you to ensure we achieve your PB’s this year for those of you who have their eye on the prize.

Oh and by the way it’s Tony so come and say hello, “I’ll be the small one with little legs under the flag!”


Pacer Team 4 – 2:00 – Rosalyn Cooke, Andrew Clark, Laura Elvin

 Pacer Laura Elvin

Laura Elvin

I’ve been running (semi seriously!) now since 2014 and did my first half in 2015 which has now crept up to 29 half marathons and 5 full marathons! I’m a member of Petts Wood Runners in Orpington, SE London and this season I’ve taken up cross country which has been a killer but is great practice for spring road running (the attached photo is from the National XC Championships on Parliament Hill!) I work for the London Fire Brigade non-operationally and I came second woman in a cross country race they did so like to think I’m as good as some firefighters!

I’ve paced several HMs for Xempo and really enjoy getting people in to achieving PBs. I’m pacing at 2 hours and that can be really great for people to break that 2 hour mark so know how important it is to get that time right. Also I ran Surrey myself in 2016 (I think half marathon no.6 or so) so will be good to pace on a course I’m familiar with!


Ros Cooke

Rosalyn Cooke

My name is Rosalyn but you can call me Ros, I’m a sports physio and buggy running mum! Running with my buggy has helped me get my fitness back and I can be found weekly at my local Parkrun at Maidenhead where I found a love of pacing.

Seeing others achieve their goals is something I do in my day job and its great to be part of that journey! When I am not working I lead Buggy Squad (@buggysquad) with my friend and running buddy Wendy (@thebuggycoach) a running group for parents and their children and I really enjoy my role as leader in running fitness. My running goal for this year is to complete Edinburgh Marathon in under 4 hours (ideally 3:40 – I like to dream!).


Pacer Team 5 – 2:10 – Nicki Petitt, Mike Worrell & Isa Rodriguez

Nicki Petitt

Nicki Petitt

I started running in 2012 and have raced countless 10ks, half marathons as well as 2 marathons. I’m also a keen Parkrunner.

Currently I’m training for the London Marathon – I’m the 4:30 pacer (Runner’s World UK pacing team) so it’s not just the mileage I’m having to tick off in training, it’s practicing a steady ~10minute mile pace.

I’ve been a pacer since 2013 and just love that I can share my passion for running with others. Not only that but help and motivate people to achieve their best, be it their first race or a new PB.

You can guarantee I’ll cheer, woop woop, and high-five Team 2:10 through each mile and give you the motivation you need to achieve your race goal. See you at the start line!

Twitter/Instagram: @nickipetitt 

Pacer Team 6 – 2:20 – Jen Kaye, Ian Cox & Dave King (Injury permitting)

Ian Cox

Ian Cox

Hi I’m Ian. My younger sister got me into running back in 2013 and I was instantly hooked.  I gradually worked my way up in terms of distance starting with local 5k’s and 10k’s culminating in my longest race ever last year – the 53km D33 Ultra Marathon.  I’ll never be a super-fast runner; I’m more interested in the social aspect of running than smashing PB’s – which is why I love helping others achieve their goals by being a pacer for the Xempo team. Over the last couple of years, I’ve paced around 12 half and full marathons and every time I’ve got enormous pleasure from the experience.  By joining up with a pace group you can forget all about checking your watch and fretting about split times – that’s what we’re here for.  So why not tuck in with the pace group appropriate to your comfort level and let us do all the work while we enjoy a good natter along the way.  I promise the time will fly by.  And if you’re interested, you can find me on Twitter @iantcox where I mostly talk about running and why eating fat is so good for you.


Dave King

Dave is from Portsmouth, with a half marathon PB of 1hr 28min, and who has paced a number of half marathons for Xempo. He has written the book “Around the British Isles in 80 Races” after one year’s running around the country. Twitter: @runningpeekay


Take a look at what previous pacers have said about the event:

“The route around the surrounding villages of Woking is a really nice one. There were a few minor hills, but certainly nothing to write home about. Considering we were out in the countryside for a fair portion of the run, there were tons of people out supporting on the road”.

“I can’t pick fault with the organisation – it’s brilliant and the facilities at the start/finish area are ideal for a running race. The bag drop ran smoothly and everyone associated with the event was incredibly helpful. Support out on the course is also excellent.”

Xempo pacers also plan to head into Woking Town Centre after the race and take advantage of the “race day deals” offered by local businesses and restaurants. Organisers of the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon have secured even more deals for the 2018 race date, including discounted meals at Woking’s Cattle Steakhouse. Latino Ristorante Italiano and Las Iguanas. Click here for more details.