Brass Monkey 2016

January 22, 2016


Adam Prentis races home to a superb PB !

The snow fell heavily in Harrogate on the day before the much-anticipated Brass Monkey Half-Marathon, therefore it was a great relief to everyone when Sunday dawned bright, crisp and clear – obviously York was spared the worst of it, doesn’t seem fair does it?  Knavesmire Harriers had even gone to the trouble of hiring a private gritting firm, just to make sure there weren’t any nasty icy patches to catch runners unawares!  Perfect conditions for racing though, so following the usual start-line faffage and nervous shoelace adjustment, the assembled Harriers came under starters orders and were soon off on one of the fastest 13.1 courses in the North of England.  They did not disappoint.

In a race that had many superb performances, it’s hard to pull one out and say it was the pick of the bunch, however Tom Borrowdale’s fantastic 1:25:23 – a massive PB – is probably the one.  He says that “he doesn’t know where that came from”, but let’s hope he keeps them coming!  More to come from Tom I think.  Ben Shacklock also put in a tremendous effort to finish in a PB of 1:25:31, just a few seconds behind Tom.  He was actually the first Harrier home but of course these are chip times.   To cap this off, Adam Prentis pulled out all the stops to finish in 1:25:40, this was another PB and I think speaks volumes, that result placed him 8th in his V50 category and is perhaps indicative of the high quality of the field.

Sue Moul digging deep at the Brass Monkey finish

Sue Moul digging deep at the Brass Monkey finish

As far as the ladies were concerned, well, it was PBs all round: Sarah Gill showed the benefit of all the miles she has been putting in, finishing in an excellent 1:38:22.   Charlotte Roberts was not far behind in 1:40:09, likewise Sue Moul in 1:40:33.  Both PBs of course and I think those two ladies were extremely unlucky not to break the 1:40 barrier.  Next time for sure!

There were PBs also for Mike Gill (1:32:41) and David Galsworthy (1:35:17), while Emma Amos (1:42:57), Angela Barker-Charlton (1:47:43), Eve Hawkins (1:47:54) and Yvonne Skelton (1:57:56) all scored PBs and ran absolutely superb, determined races.  Well done to everyone who took part, you truly did us proud.

I should probably mention that the race was won by Barnsley A.C.’s Dan Kestral in a speedy 1:08:52, while first lady was Sharon Barlow (Darlington Harriers) in 1:18:35.  Results

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