Brooks Pacers, Run for a Reason

Meet Your Brooks Pacers

Everyone who takes part in the Commonwealth Bank Half Marathon has their own personal goals but, this year, we’ve done something extra special to help you along. On Sunday 28 May there will be twelve #BrooksPacers running, each wearing a huge banner featuring six specific run times. So, whether you’re aiming for 1hr 24mins, or 2hr 17mins, you can tag along with one of our #BrooksPacers and be guaranteed to finish the course in your goal time.

So, let’s meet the lovely #BrooksPacers leading you to the finish line, shall we? 

Goal pace: 6:30 min/km - Caitlin Hunt

Caitlin Hunt
Pace:
6:30 min/km
Goal time: 2:17:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“I’m the Founding director and owner of O2 Active, and have over 16 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry, as well as being trained in yoga and pilates. I’m a member of North Cottesloe Surf Club and can often be seen cruising the coast line or weaving trails in the South West!

What does running mean to you?

“I believe running is “breath-taking" in more ways than most people will ever know. For me, it is like a moving mediation, a reset. Running brings me a freedom where I can take in the natural surroundings and replace clutter with clarity of mind.  A place where my body to warms into a state of physical ease, my feet roll and mind wanders freely and contently. I run to be HAPPY. I run because it makes me FEEL GOOD.”

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

“I think the HBF Run for a Reason is a great race as it encourages the wider community to be active and push their own personal boundaries in pursuit of a motivation that is close to themselves.”

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“I’m excited to be a #BrooksPacer and share the smiles crossing the finish line as runners have run for their own reason.”  

Goal pace: 6:30 min/km - Moira O’Brien-Smith

Moira O’Brien-Smith
Pace:
6:30 min/km
Goal time: 2:17:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“I’m Moira and I am the Fitness & Recreation Coordinator at University of Western Australia, Lululemon Athletica Alumni Ambassador and creator of The Healthy Kind. The Healthy Kind encompasses my love for movement, mindset, nature and creating community! Through Personal and Group Training, Run Club and Retreats (yoga, surf, SUP’ing, meditation and goal setting), we empower people to reach their optimal health and wellness potential.”

What does running mean to you?

“For me, running is a way of life – it’s my happy place. Running for me is like therapy, it’s my Zen and me-time, and a time where I believe that I build character. I’m a firm believer that getting sweaty and feeling strong gives us the confidence that we need for everything else in our lives. Also, it’s great because it I also get to share my own results with clients, helping them to achieve their own goals. There is honestly no better feeling than watching a client reach a milestone they thought was impossible.”

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

“The HBF Run for Reason not only celebrates health and fitness, but also connects us with our local community. With the combination of river views, parkland and urban jungle, the run definitely provides a scenic experience!

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“I am stoked to be a #BrooksPacer this year and look forward to meeting and motivating fellow runners along the way!”

Goal pace: 6:00 min/km - Stephanie Teoh

Stephanie Teoh
Pace:
6:00 min/km
Goal time: 2:06:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

”My name is Stephanie, I’m 32 years old and I am a lawyer at the State Solicitor’s Office."

How did you start running?

“I started running after I graduated from university. Once I had started working I found it difficult to sit in an office all day, so my dad (who is a marathon runner) got me into running. I literally started off with just running around the block. Then one day I decided to enter a 12km race, and I’ve been hooked ever since, competing in half marathons, full marathons and even ultra-marathons!”

What does running mean to you?

“Running is my everything! It helps me when I’m stressed and just need to turn my mind off. Not only does it get me out of the office and into the fresh air, but it’s a way for me to challenge myself and achieve goals. And, of course, it helps me to stay healthy, fit and strong. But most of all, running gives me the opportunity to spend hour after hour with a great bunch of people at the crack of dawn – whether it be rain, hail or shine.”

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

“I love the HBF Run for a Reason because it gets people involved in running and encourages everyone to get fit and healthy. I also love the way that people use the event to give back to the community by raising money for some great causes. I will always love being a part of the day’s great atmosphere and seeing other people enjoying running.”

Goal pace: 6:00 min/km - Kat Ackroyd

Kat Ackroyd
Pace: 6:00 min/km
Goal time: 2:06:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“I’m an avid runner who shares my passion for running, fitness and wellbeing on the regular through a social run movement, Perth Run Collective

How did you start running?

“Running has always been part of who I am. It’s all about perseverance and it has made me more resilience. My marathon journey only started a few years back when an idea to combine running & my love for travel became a challenge to complete the six world majors (marathons).”

What does running mean to you?

“It’s about having a healthy respect for my mind and body and pushing myself that bit further. It’s a connection with myself and others to live beyond and always discover.”

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“Fun-runs are a celebration of running and why we do it. As a Brooks Pacer, I can give a little back to a community which has given me so much. It’s more than just the miles.”

Goal pace: 5:30 min/km - Stephen Best

Stephen Best
Pace:
5:30 min/km
Goal time: 1:56:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m on the wrong side of 40, married with one fur baby and was exercise-adverse until moving to Perth in 2013. Originally I am from Northern Ireland, but I now call Perth home – and why wouldn’t you want to?”

How did you start running?

“A life event kicked off my running journey, and after a very poor performance at the Belfast marathon in 2011, I started to question my sanity. The running bug had bitten through and the Perth lifestyle kept me motivated to stay on the journey. I completed a few small running events, further progressing to the HBF 12km, then the 21km and in 2016 I finally took on a marathon again – 3 in total.”

What does running mean to you?

“For me, running is an opportunity to take things slower, as I am an avid bike rider. Being out there in the fresh air and feeling the body working really creates that “runners high” which becomes so, so addictive.”

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

“I love the HBF Run for a Reason as it’s open to everyone and all abilities. The Run got me going and helped me to progress my journey, while also being surrounded by people who are on similar journeys.”

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“I’m super excited to be able to give back and help others realise theirs goals!”

Goal pace: 5:30 min/km - Claire Mueller

Claire Mueller
Pace:
5:30 min/km
Goal time: 1:56:00

What is your reason for running the HBF Run for a Reason?

“My reason for running HBF Run is to both commemorate my father and to continue my lifelong commitment to running for mental and physical health.”

How did you start running?

“My run journey started when I was providing palliative care for my father, who died of cancer when I was 25. Until then, I had been building my creative career in Melbourne, had zero interest in any kind of sport and did no exercise – I honestly thought my joints weren’t made for it. The intensity of the situation I was in at 25, however, physically compelled me to start running.”

What does running mean to you?

“Running gave me the mental and physical strength to find clarity at a time of chaos. Since discovering the transformative power of movement, I haven’t stopped running. I even undertook studies in physiotherapy to better understand the science behind running. Now, I am passionate about combining this experience with my creative communications background; I want to help others discover the joy in running for long term mental and physical health.”

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“Being a Brooks Pacer this year is an opportunity to share in the joy of an activity that truly changed my life, in an event that has personal significance. I would love to encourage the people who have yet to discover that running is about so much more than just fitness – running shows you a whole new world!”

Goal pace: 5:00 min/km - Dave Dawes

Dave Dawes
Pace: 5:00 min/km
Goal time: 1:45:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Dave Dawes, and I’ve been running for my whole adult life. I’m the head physio at the Western Force where I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by motivated, competitive people who spend every day trying to get better, and this attitude rubs off on everyone else in the organisation, including me.

What is your reason for running?

My reason for running the HBF Run for a Reason (and my reason for lacing up every time I go for a run) is that I want to be fit and healthy so that I can set an example of a healthy lifestyle for my three legendary little kids!

Goal pace: 5:00 min/km - Nic Jones

Nic Jones
Pace: 5:00 min/km
Goal time: 1:45:00

How did you start running?

I started running and competing at little athletics as a tiny human. My first race was a 200m sprint and my parents told me “don't go out too fast in case you run out of gas” - at 5 yrs old this advice didn’t stick in my brain for too long and had completely vanished by the time the starters gun went off. I ran like a scolded cat and ended up winning. A great start to my running career - unfortunately a trend which hasn’t continued. Nowadays I run to clear my head either by myself or with friends as part of the Perth Run Collective.

What does running mean to you?

Running has been crucial for the development of other sports I’ve competed in. All of which are land based sports which are my preferred (I sink in water). I’ve always believed if my fitness was better than my opponent I had a distinct advantage. It is such a great feeling to be at peak fitness, running feels graceful - not a chore.

What do you love about the HBF Run for a Reason?

Team spirit! I’m not only running with Brant Garvey’s Team NoXcuses but want to represent all of the teams on their own mission.

Goal pace: 4:30 min/km - Marlene Lootz

Marlene Lootz
Pace: 4:30 min/km
Goal time: 1:34:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“Hello, my name is Marlene, I’m a passionate trail and ultra-distance runner. Whenever I’m not running, I’m either up north in the desert working as an environmental scientist or creating and delivering healthy vegan foods around Perth as part my own catering business.”

How did you start running?

“I ran my first marathon in June 2012, signing up the day before the event. It was a rather painful and brutal experience given the lack of training but less than a year - and another 4 marathons later - I suddenly won my first Ultra, the Kep 75km, and broke the existing course record by half an hour. At that point I knew was onto something…”

What does running mean to you?

“I was hooked to the sport ever since completing my first marathon 5 years ago. I love the versatility of the sport and the way it brings people together. It’s my happy place and what makes me feel good. I don’t think I’ve ever been for a run and came back feeling bad or wish I didn’t go.”

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

“The HBF Run for a Reason will always remain a very special and personal event for me. I ran the race for the first time in 2012, deciding to raise money for the leukaemia foundation after my step sister had passed away from leukaemia earlier that year. It was a very emotional and unique race for me and has certainly sparked something in me back then.”

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“It’s great to be back this year as a pacer, helping other runners achieve their goal time!”

Goal pace: 4:30 min/km - Dylan Nash

Dylan Nash
Pace:
4:30 min/km
Goal time: 1:34:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Dylan, I'm a health and fitness addict with no real intentions of breaking the addiction. I'm a run leader at the Perth Run Collective, a (very) social running movement. I enjoy long runs on the beach and dinner by candlelight in my running shoes and activewear.

How did you start running?

I participate in triathlons, so took up running as a consequence of that. My journey then led me to meet my idol, Big Kev. Big Kev taught me about how joyful running lots and lots of k's is, and the importance of having a beard. I just wanted to be like him, so I grew a beard and found myself running a lot more.

What does running mean to you?

Great question. When you break it down to the finer details, like a lot of things in life, it comes down to food. I love eating food. Running gives me a healthy lifestyle that allows me to eat food. Food, food, food! And coffee, I love coffee too. It is also so much easier to trim your toenails when you don't have any. It's all about life efficiency.

What do you love about the HBF Run for a Reason?

I love the community aspect of running. We have a great little community of runners at the Perth Run Collective, and the HBF Run for a Reason is another great community of runners. I'm very much looking forward to being in amongst all the awesome runners of Perth.

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

I got a real appreciation for pacers when I ran my first marathon. I remember thinking that when I grow up, I want to be like them. Being able to switch off and just focus on your running when trying to reach a goal time, especially if it is the first time doing that distance, is invaluable. I look forward to meeting anyone who wants to jump aboard my 4:30/km bus. We can talk about all the food we will eat when we finish.

Goal pace: 4:00 min/km - Tom Giles

Tom Giles
Pace:
4:00 min/km
Goal time: 1:24:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“Hi, I’m Tom! I’m a local triathlete here in Perth! I enjoy the shorter to medium distance events.”

How did you start running?

“At the age of 21 I couldn’t run more than two minutes without stopping to catch my breath. However, I entered a 14k running event in 2011 as a fitness challenge and after crossing the line I was absolutely hooked! From here, I progressed to swimming and cycling. Now, 7 years later, I have a number of accomplishments under my belt including marathons, half and full ironman events and even racing at the triathlon Age Group World Champs in 2014.”

What does running mean to you?

“As a runner, I love the fantastic, healthy lifestyle that comes with running. I have to say, though, by far the best part is the time that I get to spend with my training buddies.”

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

“The HBF Run for a Reason has a fantastic vibe and the numbers are huge – overall it truly is a great atmosphere!”

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

“This year my reason is to help others reach their fitness goals by being a #BrooksPacer. Running alongside a friend can definitely encourage you better

Goal pace: 4:00 min/km - David Bryant

David Bryant
Pace:
 4:00 min/km
Goal time: 1:24:00

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am accredited sport dietitian and have run 5 marathons (2:48 pb), an ironman (9:19) and many  half ironman's (4:16 pb)

How did you start running?

I was born with a club foot. As a kid I had many operations and when I was 15 I started running for rehab as recovery. 20min jogs turned into much more!

What does running mean to you?

It's what I do every day, it's my sanity, my hobby, my passion.

What do you love the HBF Run for a Reason?

Amazing course and great cause.

How do you feel about being a #BrooksPacer this year?

Very honoured, cannot wait to lead the 4min bus!