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Sunday 22nd January – Brass Monkey Half Marathon @ York


Report from OAC’s Tom Potter:

I travelled across to the Brass Monkey Half with Karen Potter this morning.

I had a target time of 94 minutes for this prestigious half marathon, and unbeknown to me Karen also had exactly the same target time.

The race was started at 10am by BBC Look North presenter Clare Frisby and as the race started it was soon apparent to me that it would be a real achievement to beat Karen – she was flying – and by about 3.5miles she was clear of me and I didn’t see her until the finish.

A rather poor analogy but the race conditions resembled a pin-ball machine, I was consistently bouncing off other competitors and falling into the potholes at the side of the road but come the end I achieve the ‘score’ I desired (well almost, I was 58 seconds slow but still a big pb).

Karen continued her amazing form throughout the race and finished in 91.16 – well done Karen a stunning performance!

There was a number of other OAC members present as well as Andrew Robertshaw who was supporting from the road side.

The race was won by Yared Hagos (Wallsend Harriers) in 66.42 (all chip times) and the first lady in 29th position overall was Felicity Milton (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) in 77.45.

For OAC, Lloyd Best finished 180th (88.21), Karen Potter 289th (and second FV40 in 91.16 – a pb), Tom Potter 419th (94.58 – a pb), Caron Ralph 849th (107.10 – a pb), Reid Haddow 963rd (110.42) and Sara Richard 987th (110.36 – a pb).

More details from knavesmireharriers.

Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.

Results from ukresults.

  1. #1 by reid haddow on January 22, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Well, What a windy day, where did those winds come from on the way home to the race course?
    Fantastic performances by the “Black and Whites” again.
    well done Otley AC. Credit all the way round!
    Strike the Medals again. “UP The Black and Whites”.

  2. #2 by mick jeffrey on January 22, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    Well done eveyone especially the pb acheivers. I hope it was less windy than on Hawksworth Moor this morning. Tom is that 9 minutes off your pb? Karen great run. I think Karen Best will be sitting up and taking notice!

  3. #3 by Andrew Robertshaw on January 22, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    Yep I can confirm it was a little bit on the breezy side.., well done to all the “Black and Whites”, great runs from everyone today, I had a nice little run round the York countryside & spotted a Hare running across the fields, much too fast for me to catch…

  4. #4 by Tom potter on January 22, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    It is Mick, still not satisfied though, I want sub 90 mins now!

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