Brass Monkey Half Marathon 2024

21st  January 2024 – 10 am.

Please see the  Brass Monkey facebook page.- for the latest news and info.

Race Limit  1750 entrants – There will be no registrations on the day.

Race instructions and bib numbers will be posted out in advance to the athlete address you provide during registration. If you need to update this information after entry please see these instructions.  Instructions will also be emailed out prior to the race

  If anybody has any questions please feel free to contact us at

-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.

-Road closure – from 9:30am.

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

-Free Parking – access until 9:20am.

Free parking is available at the racecourse – the nearest postcode to follow on your Sat Nav is
YO23 1DE, what3words

Please contact us if you are bringing your team
on a bus –

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.
When you depart the carpark you will only be able to turn left for the duration of the race.


Toilets can be found in the Ebor Suite Race HQ, Car Park and by the finish of York Racecourse.
There are no toilets on the course.
Please ONLY use the toilets provided.

-Enquiry Desk (Information Point).

If you have any questions or require any advice, please visit our team in the ground floor of the Race HQ (Ebor Suite). Open from 8am.


Baggage can be left in the manned baggage station, found on the 1st floor of the Ebor Suite.
Please note that YKH cannot accept responsibility for any left baggage.

-Changing Areas.

We have 2 changing areas in the ground floor of our Race HQ (Ebor Suite). No shower or wash facilities are available.
Please do not leave any baggage here, and please be discreet and mindful of others when using these areas.

-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.


Headphones of any type (except for medical purposes) are not allowed on the course.
We have 2 sections of the course which are shared with traffic, which under UKA Rule T55 S5 prevents the use of these devices.
Anyone caught using any type of bone conducting, in-ear or ear covering headphones will be disqualified.

-Pre-race warm up and Start.

Runners are not allowed to warm up on the publicroads. Please use the racecourse cycle paths to warm up. Marshals will direct runners towards the start line before 10am, with the faster runners (>1 hour 5 min) at the front of the pack.
You will not be able to recover any clothing items left at the start as a thorough collection is made throughout the race and passed on to an appropriate charity organisation.

-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 water will be available at the finish.

-Discarded Litter.

Please drop your litter next to a marshal for collection. We will have a litter drop area at the water stations as well.

-Wheelchair Athletes.

Please be mindful of space if you are near a chair athlete, especially on bends/corners as turning is more difficult.

-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 will be withdrawn at 12.45pm, timing mats at 1pm, 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.

-At the finish.

You will find water available as soon as you’ve crossed the finish line. To avoid congestion please keep moving along into the Finish Arena, where a chocolate treat and memento will be waiting for you.


In the finish arena you will see an area dedicated to your race number – here you will be given the top originally ordered against your number.
To ensure all competitors receive their top, we will only be able to exchange t-shirts (depending on stock left) the day after race is over.
Please email us if you would like to exchange, stating the size required, after the race. If your size is available we will send instructions of how to facilitate the swap.

-Prize presentation and results.

We will be holding the presentation in the ground floor of the Ebor Stand at 12.15pm.

-The Brass Monkey Café.

The café this year is hosted by the Racecourse Hospitality Team.
Here you’ll be able to purchase a nice hot or cold drink, a lovely sandwich and/or cake.

-Weather & Cancellation.

The safety of all runners is paramount. Weather conditions in January can be unpredictable. If cancellation is necessary, local radio stations will be informed as early as possible. We will also publish this information on the BM 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.

-Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email

Support Vehicles

One again Alexanders of York are providing some of the finest Nissan cars to support the Brass Monkey – we are very grateful for their continuing support and urge you to go and visit them!

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


Breaking the Course Record : £150

Overall (Male / Female) :

1st – £150, 2nd – £50, 3rd – £30

Age Categories (Male/Female Open-35-40-45-50-55-60-65-70-75+)

Previous Results:
2024 provisional