York Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Brass Monkey 2021 – Cancelled
It is with a heavy heart that the committee of York Knavesmire Harriers have decided not to organize our annual Brass Monkey Race in January 2021 – the health and welfare of our club members, runners, spectators and local villagers is of paramount importance to us in these uncertain times.
We will be back in 2022 – with even more smiles, cheers and enthusiasm!  If anybody has any questions please feel free to contact us at brassmonkey@yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk
Keep safe, and keep running.   Richard Yeomans, Race Director


Photos from 2020 race day


Previous Results:

-Final Runner Instructions

Directions to start line

The race HQ is at York Racecourse, in the Ebor Stand (Post code: YO23 1EX). This is 1 mile from York city centre and York railway station. York Racecourse is signposted on all routes into the city.

Please note only service dogs are permitted in the Ebor stand. If you do bring your beloved pooch you will both need to wait outside, so wrap up warm!

Free Parking – access until 9:20am

Free parking is available at the racecourse. Please follow the signs and the directions of the marshals. If our car parks become full then please show consideration for local residents when parking. Please be parked by 9:20am latest.

Road closure – from 9:30am

Please note that Bishopthorpe Road will be closed from 9:30am to allow final start line preparations.


There are no toilets on the course however there are ample toilets in and around the Ebor stand. Please use toilets provided only.

To avoid the top floor in front of the escalators from becoming congested, please visit the downstairs toilets, the portaloos or the outside toilets. Any runners seen urinating in the hedges or around the race venue will be disqualified.

Race Numbers

Race packs were posted out to all runners on the 2nd January. If your number doesn’t arrive by the 10th January please drop us an email and we will arrange for a spare at the info desk. The only exception to this is those people who transferred their number online after the 10th December. These runners will need to collect their number from the info desk on the day of the race.


Baggage can be left in the baggage area in the Ebor Stand. Whilst the baggage area is monitored please note it is left at your own risk. Please attach the label provided to your bag, clearly showing your race number.

Approved UKA headphones

For the safety of all runners on the public roads, only approved UKA headphones are permitted.

Pre-race warm up and Start

Weather conditions in January can be unpredictable. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions, a handy link to the Met Office will help.

Clothing can be discarded at the start of the race, however you will not be able to recover any clothing items left at the start as they will be collected up during the race and passed on to an appropriate charity organisation.

Weather & Cancellation

The safety of all runners is paramount. We will grit the course if there is risk of ice, however if cancellation is necessary, local radio stations will be informed as early as possible. We will also publish this information on the Brass Monkey Facebook page, the York Knavesmire Harriers website, Facebook page and twitter account.

If the event does have to be cancelled, we regret that refunds cannot be made. The race memento will however be made available in exchange for your race number. This must be collected in person.

Warm Up

Runners are not allowed to warm up on the public roads. There are paths around the racecourse, please use this area to warm up. Marshals will direct runners towards the start line before 10am, with the faster runners (c. 1 hour 5 min) at the front of the pack.

The course

The route is flat and fast, looping southwards from the York Racecourse. Please keep to the left throughout and obey all marshal instructions. There will be a lead vehicle with timing clock and a sweep vehicle with first aid. If you require assistance please contact any marshal.

Water stations

Three water stations are provided on the course and at the finish.

Discarded Litter

Please drop your litter next to a marshal for collection.

Time limit of 2 hours 45 minutes

If you feel that you cannot finish within this time, please advise a marshal or the sweep vehicle. Transport will take you to the finish. All marshals and timing mats will be withdrawn at 12.45pm, after which no times will be recorded. If you choose not to accept transport to the finish you will be on the road at your own risk and York Knavesmire Harriers cannot accept any responsibility for your safety.

 Massage facilities

Massage facilities will be available in the Ebor Stand for a charitable donation. Make your way past the baggage area!

Road Closures

Partial road closures will be in force along the route. If you have friends planning to support you on the day they should note the formal road closures shown on the map below.


Race Photographs

Race photographs will be posted on the York Knavesmire Harriers website and the Brass Monkey Facebook page after the race.

Prize presentation and results

The prize breakdown is attached for your information and will take place on the first floor of the Ebor Stand at 12.30pm. Your individual results will be available via the ResultsBase and York Knavesmire Harriers websites after the race.

The Brass Monkey Cafe

We have the Brass Monkey Café located on the first floor of the Ebor stand selling sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks.

Please consider bringing your own cup for a nice brew to warm you up.

We would appreciate your help in separating rubbish as best you can. We aim to recycle as much as possible on race day and are working with a local composter to collect as much of our rubbish as we can.


Our lead car will be electric for 2020, provided by Alexanders Nissan of York!

We would like to explore other ways of making our race environmentally sustainable and will be trialing further collaboration with local companies for sustainable race day mementos, recycling, and supporting charities through donating unwanted clothing and food by hosting a food bank collection. Please do get in touch if you have any ideas on how to help us move to becoming a more sustainable race!

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email brassmonkeyhalfmarathon@gmail.com

 And finally, good luck to you!

We hope you enjoy your day, and run well!

York Knavesmire Harriers, home of the Brass Monkey.


Transfers will be allowed (see this page for details on how to do a transfer) up to 23:59 on December 20th 2019. After this time no further transfers will be allowed unless sanctioned directly by the organisers.


UKA Affiliated club members: £25 *

Non-affiliated runners: £27

Please note that all runners must be 18 or older on the day of the race.

An administration fee of 6% will be applied to each order by our online entry system partner, Results Base.

* Please note that your British Athletics/UKA membership will be checked during the registration process and if valid the appropriate discount will be applied. Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics members can also obtain the discount by entering their membership number into the appropriate field in the approved format.

There are  no entries on the day.


The weather in January can be unpredictable. York Knavesmire Harriers take safety very seriously and are out with our gritters in the week leading up to the event and on event day itself. If the hard decision is made to cancel the event we will post this on our website and our Facebook pages. Unfortunately we are not in the position to offer refunds or transfers. All race mementos will be available for all runners to collect.


The race is not suitable for wheelchairs.

MP3s, iPods, wearing of headphones are not permitted (for safety reasons.) UKA approved headphones allowed but you must be able to hear marshals instructions.

For logistical reasons there is a 2h:45m cut off time for completing the course.

Entries can not be deferred from one year to the next .

Transfer of places has to be done via the ‘official’ method and before the deadline.

Follow the Brass Monkey Half Marathon Facebook page for the latest news/updates.

General Enquiries


Half Marathon

The race is based at York Racecourse and we once again have use of the Ebor Stand for the provision of hot & cold drinks*, light refreshments*, toilets, baggage storage and limited changing facilities.(*subject to small a charge).

The route is fast and flat, heading southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands.

The course is on public roads , Bishopthorpe Road will only be closed from the start to Bishopthorpe Palace, all other roads will be open to traffic, so please follow the pre race instructions and those of the marshals.brassm1

Limited free parking is available. Please follow signs and directions.

Male – Paul Martelletti (2011) – 01:05:21
Female – Hayley Haining (2008) – 01:11:46

Brass Monkey 2020 Prize Breakdown

Men’s open category

1.       (£150)*

2.       (£50)

3.       (£45)

4.       (£40)

5.       (£35)

Men’s V35; V40; V45; V50;

1.       (£30)

2.       (£25)

3.       (£20)

Men’s V55; V60;

1.       (£30)

2.       (£25)

Men’s V65; V70

1.       (£30)

Ladies’ open category

1.       (£150)*

2.       (£50)

3.       (£45)

4.       (£40)

5.       (£35)

Ladies’ V35; V40; V45; V50;

1.       (£30)

2.       (£25)

3.       (£20)

Ladies’ V55; V60;

1.       (£30)

2.       (£25)

Ladies’ V65; V70

1.       (£30)

Men’s team prize: (£25 each)

Ladies’ team prize: (£25 each)

* If either winners of the open category breaks the course record, an additional £150 will be awarded to that runner.
Previous Results:


UKAthletics Road Race Licence has been applied for, the course is certified accurate by the Assoc’ of UK Course Measurers, and we have UK Athletics BARR Gold Grade.

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