Brass Monkey Half Marathon - 18/01/15



Dave H

Report by Dave Aspin


With a name like the Brass Monkey Half Marathon you would expect it to be extremely cold.  With the cancelation of another half marathon at Helsby on the same day the organisers must have had a few sleepless nights with ever changing weather forecasts.   The 1500 runners including 22 New Marske Harriers were greeted with a home straight which would have not been out of place on an ice rink when they arrived at York Racecourse for the start of the race.  The tannoy announcer advised that there were a few icy patches out on the course but the race was going ahead.

Starting promptly at 10am the course headed off into the countryside to the south of the racecourse, a relatively flat course, with the only hills being a couple of inclines over bridges.  Going out to the halfway point there were a few stretches that were a little icy, but the marshals were excellent and provided you kept your eyes on the road you could stay on your feet.  Following a loop around the village of Appleton Roebuck the route returned along a now ice free road, thanks to the sun coming out, back towards the racecourse.  Turning in to the home straight the runners might have been worried about slipping, but it had been gritted whilst the race was taking place and the home straight sprint to get that PB could take place.

First home for New Marske in 14th place was Andy Pearson in 1:14:20 giving him the 4th vet40 prize.  Martin Murray was 1st Vet 45 and David Hodgson 2nd  Vet 55.  For the ladies, Kay Neesam was 8th lady overall in 1:26:01 winning 1st V45 prize with Kath Aspin 3rd Vet 45 and Lynn Woods 1st Vet 65.  As the runners were being presented with their prizes snowflakes started to fall on the racecourse, how lucky they were….

Sixteen out of the 22 New Marske Runners managed PB’s, well done to them!



01:14:18 Andrew Pearson (M) V40 5:40 min/mile Vet40 PB
01:14:44 John Clifford (M) V40 5:42 min/mile
01:14:59 Paul Darroch (M) Open Senior 5:43 min/mile PB
01:17:33 Martin Murray (M) V45 5:55 min/mile PB
01:22:42 Simon Clements (M) V35 6:19 min/mile PB First
01:22:47 James Allinson (M) Open Senior 6:19 min/mile PB
01:23:29 Paul Cleasby (M) V40 6:22 min/mile PB
01:25:38 David Hodgson (M) V55 6:32 min/mile PB
01:26:01 Kay Neesam (F) V45 6:34 min/mile PB
01:28:40 Kath Aspin (F) V45 6:46 min/mile PB
01:29:28 Stephen Guest (M) V40 6:50 min/mile PB
01:38:05 Michael Lyth (M) Open Senior 7:30 min/mile
01:39:20 David Aspin (M) V45 7:39 min/mile PB First
01:39:20 Lisa Bennnett (F) V40 7:39 min/mile
01:39:53 Patricia Speedie (F) V40 7:39 min/mile PB
01:41:10 Thomas Bun (M) V50 7:47 min/mile PB
01:41:17 Stewart Hart (M) Open Senior 7:48 min/mile PB
01:42:41 Joanne Goldsmith (F) V40 7:54 min/mile PB
01:49:26 Nicola Kydd (F) V35 8:24 min/mile PB
01:51:41 Ronnie Sherwood (M) V75+ 8:34 min/mile
01:52:38 Lynn Woods (F) V65 8:38 min/mile
02:27:10 Julie Hodgson (F) V55 11:21 min/mile


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