10th July 2017
Paul Addicott is one of Breathe Unity’s influencers and an extremely popular face in the running community. Since we last interviewed him about his Ride London 100 challenge, which takes place later this month, we’ve seen him at many a running event doing what he loves: pacing.
Paul is a regular runner with a passion for pacing, such that he is now one of the UK’s top pacers. After years of running, always trying to break the next PB, he has put this competitive streak to one side and instead helps many runners achieve their own PBs.
You will often find Paul wearing his pacing flag; in fact, he has paced 12 events this year already – including the Virgin Money London Marathon with Susie Chan (pictured right) and the Virgin Sport British 10K with our very own Breathe Unity runner – and has plenty more big events to look forward to including the award-winning Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon, the Royal Parks Half and the Berlin Marathon. Paul is definitely the man for anyone wanting to hit their targets on race day, always providing fantastic support, expert race knowledge and a great social atmosphere.
Paul can also be found regularly supporting other runners on UKRunChat, the UK’s biggest online running community, where he has recently been asked to be an ambassador. He is a great example of what the UKRunChat community is all about, and a perfect match for the team.
Paul’s blog is full of tips, inspiration and race reviews, and he recently wrote about motivation for running your first marathon, which applies to anyone taking on any new challenge. When asking Paul the key to running a marathon, he said, “You need to believe in yourself, and of course you need to train for it, but the first and most important factor is to have confidence and ensure you enjoy the journey“. Wise words from a man who has run countless marathons and knows a thing or two about what to expect.
Paul is always found wearing a smile on all his runs, topped off with his familiar Racecheck visor.
Going outside his comfort zone…
Along with all the pacing and running, Paul likes to set himself challenges outside his comfort zone, and over the next month he will be running 100k for the 4th time at Race to the Stones; taking part in his first sportive, 100 miles ride linked; and completing his second Ironman, Ironman Kalmar.
Through social media you can clearly see that Paul is a family man, with his wife Kirsty and his children Benjamin and Amelie joining him at many of his events. He can’t wait to take them back to OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO next year, which he rates as one of his favourite races (pictured right) and which is well documented from the 2017 event on his blog.
We’ll be catching up with Paul at events throughout the year, from Reigate to Limassol and more, and we’ll bring you more from this inspiring runner turned pacer in due course!