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Brass Monkeys Half Marathon

A big party of local distance runners are off to York this weekend to take part in the popular Brass Monkeys Half Marathon on Sunday morning. The majority (but not all) are members of the IOM Veteran Athletes Club.

Two of the local competitors, Darren Gray and Gail Griffiths, are targeting Island Games guideline times in this race. They will be hoping that the gale force winds that are forecast for most of the country over the next few days manage to avoid York - the 5-day forecast presently suggests that Sunday there will not be too bad.

Les Brown and Lesley Christian are travelling with Darren, Gail and myself - if anyone can confirm who else from the IOM is competing please post details here. I think there are at least 10 others.

The event website is here

Re: Brass Monkeys Half Marathon

As far as I know the rest of the group is as follows.
IOMVAC : David & Lynne Quine , Mo & Allan Kelly , Justine Bowen , Rob Gillanders , Sue Ackroyd and Ingrid Sugden .
WAC : Geoff & Moira Hall and Barry & Jackie Moore.

Ingrid is the instigator of this trip to York being a member of Knavesmire Harriers and assists in getting us all accepted into the race for which we are grateful , I think ?

We are all meeting in Weatherspoons in York on the Sat night for a meal and a few drinks
Good Luck

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Ok see you in Wetherspoons Saturday night, not too late mind!! What time by the way, see u there, hope it
not too rough on boat in morning!!

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good luck to all runners running on sunday dont drink to much in wetherspoons only 99p apint of bitter

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99p a pint?? I regret not entering the race now.

And Heron & Brearley in the IOM think they are doing us as all a huge favour by knocking 50p off a pint of bitter (i.e. down from £2.50 to £2.00, though I see the Guinness and Lager have gone back to the normal price).

Good luck to all the local competitors entering this event and I do hope the strong winds abate by the time the race starts in York tomorrow.

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Robbie - didn't you tell me that bitter was 99p a pint when you last bought a round?

I went into a Weatherspoons pub in Manchester on Tuesday and asked for a 99p pint but they had run out. Mind you, The Marstons Pedigree I ordered instead still only cost £1.79.

Good luck to everyone taking part tomorrow and I hope that the weather is not too bad. I'm sure that anyone who receives news of their friends or family will post the results here.