Many run­ners make use of pac­ers, of­fi­cial or in­for­mal, when rac­ing for a PB. But is it the same as achiev­ing it on your own?

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

YES

‘No one phys­i­cally runs the race for you, you still put in the ef­fort to keep up with the pacer, so yes, it counts!’ – Sarah Gille­spie ‘Ev­ery­one tries dif­fer­ent things to achieve a PB and a pacer is just another one.’ – Char­lie Prid­more ‘It de­pends on whether we’re talk­ing about a PB that I’ve achieved or about a friend who’s just beaten my PB!’ – An­drew Gwilliam ‘Yes. You still have to have the phys­i­cal and men­tal abil­ity to do it.’ – Dave Barker

NO

‘No. Run­ning is phys­i­cal, men­tal and tac­ti­cal. If you need help, then you didn’t do it on your own – so not a per­sonal best.’ – Joe Nor­man ‘A 100 per cent au­then­tic PB? No. But that’s not the real world, where all but the tini­est mi­nor­ity of run­ners run and test them­selves.’ – Luke Zasikowki ‘Achiev­ing a time with­out a pace­maker is worth more to me than one with a pace­maker.’ – Danny Tol­hurst ‘Nope!’ – An­nie Birch

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