Despite chilly conditions, more than 1500 runners turned out for the 34th edition of York Knavesmire Harriers’ Brass Monkey Half Marathon. Sunday’s race was of added significance as it was held in honour of former club president Malculm Fawcett, who passed away in 2015, and as a commemorative touch, his grandchildren Lizzi and Jimmy were on hand to sound the starter’s gun and send the field on their way.
Long been known as a favourite on the UK circuit, the half marathon saw runners depart from Bishopthorpe Road, travel through the village on to Acaster Lane and back through Bishopthorpe,via Appleton Roebuck, to a conclusion at York Racecourse.
Leading the field home was Barnsley AC’s Dan Kestral (1:08:52) who prevailed in a close contest with Keswick’s Steven Hebblethwaite (1:08:58) and John Sanderson (1:09:00).
Darlington Harriers’ Sharon Barlow led the female field home in 1:18:33 with Tori Green in second with a time of 1:19:19 and Tracey Williams took third (1:19:26). Valley Striders’ Steph Gledhill finished midpoint in the field (1:45:01), while the last runner came home in 2:55:50.
Race director Alistair McQueen commented: "We are delighted with how it's gone. We've had great weather - blue skies despite the cold - and everyone seems to have had a good time. The Brass Monkey is York Knavesmire Harriers' way of giving back to the sport we love. We had 150 club members volunteering on the day, and it was great to see all the runners competing, and smiling, round the local roads of York. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 12 month's time."
Full results are available here.