The north of England will welcome one of its most popular and well-loved races on Sunday 13 January when 2000 runners compete in York Knavesmire Harriers’ Brass Monkey Half Marathon. Famed for its warmth and welcoming atmosphere, the half once again posted a ridiculously quick sell-out, with all of the places snapped up in less than an hour.
It’s scheduling on the second Sunday of January, is seen as the ideal way for many to banish the excesses of New Year’s celebrations and kick-start a new cycle of training.
Starting on Bishopthorpe Road, competitors will travel through the village on to Acaster Lane and back through Bishopthorpe,via Appleton Roebuck before the home straight at York Racecourse.
Last year saw Thames Hare & Hounds’ Jamie Parkinson set a PB on route to victory in 1:07:12, with Keswick’s Sam Stead (1:08:29) and Tyne Bridge Harriers’ Tom Charlton (1:09:22) in second and third place respectively.
Birtley’s Tracy Millmore defended her title in style as she took top spot in the female competition with a winning time of 1:19:02, around one minute quicker than Jarrow and Hepburn’s Alexandra Sneddon (1:20:01), with Tori Green (1:22:22) rounding off the top trio of female performers.
Look out for runABC North’s race report in January.