Up to 2,000 runners will head to York to start the New Year on a strong footing at the popular club race, the Brass Monkey Half Marathon, on Sunday 17 January. The event, set to celebrate its 34th year, is famed for its warm and friendly atmosphere and is a firm favourite on the UK circuit.
Organised by York Knavesmire Harriers, the race was established in 1983. Starting on Bishopthorpe Road, runners travel through the village on to Acaster Lane and back through Bishopthorpe,via Appleton Roebuck, to a conclusion at York Racecourse.
Last year’s race saw Durham City Harriers’ Daniel Jenkin take top place in 1:08:57, with Serpentine’s John Franklin in second (1:09:01) and Jules Hatcher in third (1:10:00). In the women’s competition, Shona Mcintosh secured a comprehensive victory in 1:16:13, more than three minutes ahead of Sharon Barlow (1:19:39), with Tori Green third (1:19:52).
Look out for runABC North’s Brass Monkey race report later in the month.