The annual Brass Monkey half-marathon took place on Sunday morning (12th January 2020) at York racecourse.
Starting and finishing on the Knavesmire , the out and back course via Bishopthorpe and Appleton Roebuck on the outskirts of the city has been extremely popular for a number of years with runners in search of fast times on the flat roads and sells out within a matter of hours.
Blessed this year by good weather, the event was won by Richard Start of North Derbyshire AC in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes 35 seconds with the women’s race won by Lorna Young of Leeds City in 1:18:32.
Some seven athletes from Morpeth travelled down, with three recording personal bests.
Adam Pratt was first home for the club in 7th place overall in a pb of 1:10:20.
Behind him, both Ali Douglas, 21st in 1:11:03, and Richard Johnson, 22nd in 1:11:22,
also recorded personal best times.
Andy Lawrence returned to competitive action with a run of 1:14:11
for 48th and Lewis Timmins was 89th in 1:17: 40.
There were also two fine veteran performances, with Gary Jones 7th Over 40 in 1:16: 57
and, one of the stand-out runs of the day for the club, Lesley Chapman 1st O/65 in 1:51:55.