There were record turnouts at the Rockingham Racetrack for the 9th Brass Monkey 10K (Sunday 28 January). Over 660 runners motored around Europe’s fastest circuit and raised more than £10,000 for Lakelands Hospice.
No Arctic temperatures on the day; instead it was dry and windy for the 10K, wheelchair race and fun run on a fast, flat course consisting of 1.5 mile laps. The entrants in the family fun run completed a single lap with four laps for the others and everyone finished underneath the grandstand. Once they crossed the line they were presented with a bespoke monkey medal, goody bag, drink and rather appropriately, a banana.
In the 10K, Mark Hill was first across the line in 35:24. He was followed by Jack Chennell in 36:18 with Alan Oliver coming third in 36:45. This fleetness of foot wasn’t confined to these younger runners as Matt Fowler and John Siddens demonstrated, taking 1st V40 Male (37:46) and 1st V50 Male (38:05) respectively.
The last runner finished in 99:34 (1:39:34).
Georgina Schwiening was equally as swift, winning the women’s race in 36:53 and fourth overall. Lisa Smith was second in 43:04 and Kayleigh Draper third in 43:49.
The wheelchair race posted very fast times with Josh Hartley the victor in 28:48. Paige Murray was the winning female in 39:49.
Samuel Gordon-Kerr won the fun run in 8:1; Nicola Williamson was the fastest girl in 10:00.
Race organiser and fundraising manager Paul Marlow was delighted with what proved to be the most successful day in the race’s history. He thanked everyone including the volunteers, the event sponsor and Rockingham Racetrack for their help and support.