Brass monkey half marathon

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13/10/2011 at 21:51

Is anyone else planning on entering this race?

Enteries aren't open yet but I will be entering as soon as they are - I like nice flat courses!

13/10/2011 at 22:36

You will have to be very quick. Fills up in less than 2 days

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From when it opens that is.

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13/10/2011 at 23:41
I plan on doing this. Does anybody know when they plan to open the entries?
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14/10/2011 at 00:54
It is so so very very very boring.
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14/10/2011 at 15:01

I did it last year.  It opened at 9am on the last Saturday in October and it had sold out by around 2pm!  The opening date was posted on the site a week before the online entries were open so there was plenty of notice. I will do it again.

14/10/2011 at 15:09

Can someone explain what the crazy clamour for places is all about with BM?

There are plenty other flat half marathons about  where you can enter right up to the day of the race.

BM is a good course but not unique in its flatness.

14/10/2011 at 15:13
Parkrunfan, what are the other pancake flat HMs?
14/10/2011 at 15:14
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14/10/2011 at 15:52
Brian. wrote (see)
Parkrunfan, what are the other pancake flat HMs?

Freckleton
GER
Central Lancashire
Great North West
Lancaster
Chester
Fleetwood
Redcar

...are all flat and just as fast as BM. And no doubt there are plenty more!

14/10/2011 at 16:01

Cheers PRF, I am aware of Fleetwood (bl**dy Winter there this year!!!) but not done the others.

I guess it depends on how far one wishes to travel. York is relatively local to me.

I am guessing you reside in the NW?

14/10/2011 at 16:19

No, I'm near Leeds but none of those are particularly long journeys.

The longest is GER, which we did last Sunday, and that was no big deal travel wise.
14/10/2011 at 16:39
I suppose the venue has something to do with the attraction.
York racecourse is a terrific facility and the parking and amenities are 1st class.
Once people do a race and everything goes well they are tempted to go back.
York is a decent place to visit too.
14/10/2011 at 16:45

For me the Brass Monkey is at the time of year when there are very few HM's within a reasonable distance for me to travel to on the morning.  This is only 30 miles away so is a really good option.  If I didnt get in I wouldn't be too bothered as there is a 10 mile the week after which I have never done before so it would be a sure PB

14/10/2011 at 16:58

I still dont get it!

Why the mad scramble for places for a HM in York when entry to equally appealing races is much more civilized?

Bridlington HM this Sunday has entry on the day and no entry limit for instance.

14/10/2011 at 17:25
Yes Bridlington HM is a good one,  I will be there on Sunday!
14/10/2011 at 18:14

I'll be scrambling for an entry the day it opens otherwise I won't get in!    200 mile round trip but its one of the closest ones to me.

14/10/2011 at 18:24
There aren't many alternatives in January, it's a PB course that's well organised and it motivates me to train over xmas - I'll be trying for a place again.
14/10/2011 at 18:36

In January there is Central Lancashire  and also Essar Four Villages in Cheshire, not flat but course records of 1:04/1:13 so not bad.

Whats so special about January anyway?

I'm not saying theres anything wrong with BM, I've finished 4th there so quite like it , but just dont see why it gets the crazy mad rush mentality that it does.

14/10/2011 at 18:45
There are two other races I do in the year that are the same - sold out in a couple of hours. Maybe the BM attracts more people from the north where there are not so many races available? Who knows! My club organises a fell race that usually sells out within 3 months. This year we did online entires only for the first time and it filled within a week.

Are other races online entry only too? That's what seems to drive everyone into a frenzy.
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