Brass Monkey half marathon, York – 19 January 2014
Report by Sharon Williams
This was my first road race of the New Year and I was looking forward to a welcome break from the muddy and boggy Haworth fells (The Stoop and Auld Lang Syne) and recent Peco cross country races and a break from cleaning my fell and trail shoes. As I travelled towards York it was pouring with rain and my heart sank, 13.1 miles is a long way in sodden running gear and wet feet.
Following the farce of the race entry system and trying to enter last year, I eventually got to the rain soaked start at York racecourse. I spotted our newly elected President, Martin Browne cheering everyone on as I splashed over the starting mats. The route is fast and flat, heading southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands. I had run the race in 2010 and was disappointed by the lack of atmosphere because you are a good distance from the city of York. There were quite a few spectators out on the course and after a few miles the downpour stopped which made the race more enjoyable. A bit of sidestepping was needed because there were plenty of large pools of water on the roads. I haven’t raced over this distance for awhile and was anticipating cramp and my legs seizing up in the latter stages of the race. The finish was a welcome sight and I finished in 1.35.53 and 1st F50. Other Abbey performances and results below. New member, Nick Rank, wasn’t in the club results but finished in a speedy 1:33.09. The winner, Matthew Peirson from Holmfirth Harriers works in Up and Running on Otley Road, Far Headingley. I happened to mention I had entered the Brass Monkey, he happened to mention he has previously won the race!
Some familiar faces on the day included, ex Abbey Runners, Matt John (Otley AC) who finished 2nd and Andy May (Valley Striders) 11th.
Some positives if anyone chooses to enter next year’s race. There was plenty of parking spaces and I didn’t get my car stuck in a ditch like I did at Auld Lang Syne (thanks again to Richard Foster, John Fortescue, Mike Ayers and some sympathetic fell runners who got me out!). It’s flat, scenic and a good opportunity to get a PB, several water stations and a nice high viz long sleeved technical top at the finish. Some negatives, the entry system needs to improve and if the race gets cancelled there are no refunds and you have to make your way over to York to collect your running top. Maybe that ‘s the same for other big road races but it doesn’t encourage to me to enter again. BUT DON’T LET ME PUT YOU OFF! LOL
Full results can be found on http://www.ukresults.net/ and http://www.sportsystems.co.uk. Photos on www.flamingphotography.co.uk
Position Name Age Group Club Chip time
|1st male||Matthew||Peirson||M Open||Holmfirth Harriers AC||01:10:19|
|50||Graham||Myers||M Open||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:19:28|
|71||Greg||Weatherhead||M Open||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:21:17|
|430||Sharon||Williams||F50||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:35:53|
|452||James||Whittaker||M45||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:36:26|
|547||Michael||Smith||M40||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:39:20|
|565||David||Nahal||M50||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:40:11|
|624||John||Ward||M60||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:42:05|
|700||Alison||Smith||F40||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:44:23|
|734||Sarah||Culkin||F Open||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:45:11|
|804||Elizabeth||Willis||F45||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:47:18|
|1035||Gail||Tombs||F60||Abbey Runners Leeds||01:55:43|
|1253||Maureen||Taylor||F55||Abbey Runners Leeds||02:05:12|
|1459||Samuel H||Black||M65||Abbey Runners Leeds||02:44:26|