After the enforced cancellation of the 2013 race due to inclement weather, excitement is building for this weekend's Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York. The event, set to celebrate its 31st year, is a sell-out with 2,000 runners expected to take part.
Organised by York Knavesmire Harriers, the race has become a favourite in the UK circuit since being established 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.
The 2012 event saw Wallsend Harriers' Yared Hagos secure a comfortable victory in a time of 1:06:42, with Matthew Pierson (1:11:12) in second place and Paul Lockwood third (1:11:31). Felicity Mason led the female field home in 1:17:45. Paul Martelleti and Hayley Hanning hold the current course records with 1:05:21 and 1:11:46 respectively.
Even though entry levels have been reached, a recent statement from race organisers said runners are still able to transfer their numbers to another participant. Only male-to-male or female-to-female transfers can be accepted, and a deadline of Thursday 16 January has been set.
For more information on the race, visit the York Knavesmire Harriers website.