18th Jan 2009
I noticed that York Knavesmire Harriers have indicated on their website that details of the Brass Monkey Half will be available soon.
I've heard that it is dificult to get a number for this race because it fills so quickly. Does anyone have any experience of entering this race in recent years? If so, do I need to be checking their website on a daily basis in order not to miss out once entries open? How quickly does it fill?
I missed out this year because I left it too late - really trying to avoid that happening again. Any tips gratefully received.
Hi Mm - we entered last year and made sure our entry was sent the day they were available. We didn't get in, but club mates of ours who entered 3 days after us did get in. It does seem that they let in who they want to let in. I thought they might have a system that if you have a qualifying time they might allow entry, but was told no they didn't make exceptions even Tracey Morris had to enter through the normal route. We know that this is not the case because several of our friends who have done it in the past and finished in the top 10 were invited back via telephone call. I'm not saying they should not have been, as I believe they should, but it seems they choose rather than genuinely operate a first come first served basis.
Good luck and hope you get a place. It is a nice course. We ran some of it when visiting York a couple of weeks ago and BR has raced it 5 times. I had an entry in 2007, but was injured. Would've been nice if they had a system in place if one is injured they could carry their place over to the next year (a bit like FLM) seeing as it's such a popular race.
Some clubs (including mine) get sent entry forms a few days before the official release. They get photocopied and taken over en masse and posted through the entry secs door on the morning that the forms officially come out.
I know of several clubs who take this approach and it means that entries fill very quickly. Those who live too far to hand deliver effectively enter a lottery that depends on how efffective their postal service is.
Thank you all for the info.
Podro,Any chance of getting hold of an entry form a few days before the official release? Could you send a scanned copy (via email) or a photocopy (via regular mail) when your club receives them? Be happy to reimburse you for any inconvenience/expense.
Full already, according to the race website.
Yay am in - cheque was cashed this morning
Yay! I'm in too. Was let down by the postal strike last year, so made sure I was in the post office for next-day delivery 9am last saturday. Seems it worked. Maybe they valued my dedication?
This was the first half I ever ran, in 2004. Looking forward to running it again (and hopefully much quicker!)
Me and Mrs Bobbles are in too This will be my fourth Brass Monkey, hopefully a better performance than last year .....
I'm in too after missing out last year - damn postal strike
Yeah am in too hopefully won't get injured again like last year
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