CONSISTENT effort, rather than consistent time.
That's what Bathurst Physiotherapy's John Roberts says is the secret to meeting a target time in the Edgell Jog - and he'll be aiming to help when the event is held this weekend.
Mr Roberts will be one of four pacesetters in the jog whose aim will be to provide a guide for participants who have a time in mind.
Mr Roberts (35 minutes), Andrew Crowley (40 minutes), Ian McEwen (45 minutes) and Arthur Sargeant (50 minutes) will be wearing bright yellow vests with their respective times on the back.
"You can go a bit quicker before a hill so you get a bit of extra time," Mr Roberts said of the art of pacesetting.
"You're better off averaging it out, rather than trying to be a particular pace.
"I usually aim to be halfway to the target time at the top of Esrom Street. You can make up a lot of time on the downhill."
Mr Roberts suggests runners leave something in the tank for the last two blocks before the finish in Russell Street.
The stretch on Russell Street between Bentinck and William "is steeper and longer than it seems, so keep a little bit in reserve coming down Seymour Street", he said.
Mr Roberts said joggers should not be discouraged if they have to walk a little bit of the course.
A 35-minute time is possible even with a walk on Esrom Street, he said.
The Edgell Jog Committee's Jim Hallahan said organisers want to encourage everybody to take part in the event, regardless of their ability.
He said there will be extra traffic control this year in front of Aldi in Russell Street to make the event as safe as possible.
"We want to encourage people to enter now, online, rather than leave it to the last minute," he said.
"It will give you an opportunity to win the early bird draw."
The 44th Edgell Jog will be run this Sunday from 9.30am, starting in Russell Street between George and William streets.