Couriers take on the Gord’s & the Orror.

A number of Hereford Couriers took on the mud and the hills of Fownhope & Tintern this morning taking part in the Gord’s 6 Classic & Offa’s Orror with some great performances to report.

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The Reds had a good team out for the Wye Valley Runners organised race which was approx 6.5miles along the River Wye, up onto Caplor hill before returning back to Fownhope finishing at the recreation park. The weather was great for running, all competitors were warned to be mindful the Swans & Horses before setting off! Barry Reynolds had an excellent race & came 2nd -1st vet man 45 (43.04), Ross Cameron continues to improve & had a brilliant run to come in 4th (46.45), shortly behind new club member Will Maul came in next in 7th (47.39) who was also setting a new trend of one white sock & one brown at the end 🙂 We had solid run from Richie Reynolds coming in 10th (49.27) with  Mike Link who was upended by a mole hill, clocking place 13th (51.05) Dave Williams was not far behind in 14th (52:00) who also picked up the 1st vet man, Ben Skinner was the next red in 17th (53.05) followed by 1st vet man 65 Steve Herrington 34th in 1 hour dead.

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The Couriers also picked up the male team prize congratulations to Barry, Ross & Will.

See the full results here; Gords 6 2018 Results.


We also had Couriers at the Chepstow Harriers Offa’s Orror 20k multi-terrain race in and around Offa’s Dyke, close to the village of Tintern. We had Kerry Wathen, Clare Mallender & Kev Barnes pulling on the red vests, having to overcome plenty of mud & hills on a hard course the team put in a great effort with Kerry recording a time of 02;03;58 (84th) Kev clocked 02:10:28 (107th) & Clare bagged a time of 02:11:42 (114th)

See the full results here; Offa’s Orror Results

Great Sunday workout for the Couriers, fantastic to see so many Red vests out today!

On we go the next 5k Series.



Hereford Couriers 5k Series Race 1, 2018 Results.


Well done to all athletes for braving the wind & took part in the first race of our three race series.

Provisional Results race are now available here:

Hereford Couriers 5k Series 2018; Race 1 Results.

Any queries on the above should only be sent to our club e-mail address: where they will be checked out and
amended as necessary when results are finalised.

Congratulations to everyone who took part & thank-you to all the volunteers who supported the race.

Our final 2 races of the series are on Wednesday 2nd May & Wednesday 6th June 2018 with a 7;15pm start.
(Please remember to keep your numbers for the full series)

If you would like to join the final 2 races please visit to signup. Still for the bargain £8.00 (£10 unattached)

See you on the 2nd May.


Just one week to go until the 5k series begins


The wait is nearly over it’s just one week to go until the first race of the Spring Hereford Couriers 5K Series 2018, you still have time to enter & for just £8.00 for all 3 races (£10.00 unattached) 

Race 1 – Wednesday 4th April,

Race 2 – Wednesday 2nd May,

Race 3 – Wednesday 6th June.

Each race starts at 7.15pm including wheelchair athletes (with 2 support runners)

Venue: Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford. HR4 9UD.

PLEASE NOTE: This year’s entry fee again remains at £8.00 (£10.00 unattached) but entry is in advance only. STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON THE NIGHT.

Enter online via Entry Central

or download a form for postal entry here: Online Entry Form

Entry is for the series as a whole only, No individual race entries. If you want to do only one race, you must still enter the full series & do so at least two days in advance of your first race.

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The Hatterall Hammer 17/02/18



Yes, we all felt the earth move on Saturday. What fun! But Kev, our ever willing tail runner didn’t find it amusing.

“They don’t build mountains like they used to,” he complained. “These beggars crumble and shake soon as you put your foot down. Then I get into trouble with the runners in front for causing too much vibration and up-draught. Sometimes you can’t win!”

Certainly not when you’re tail runner, but all power to Kev for his help on the day and to the great crowd of Couriers and friends who turned out to make the race such a success: Sheryl, Bev ‘Vid’ Bishop, Brian, Russ, Carol, Sky, Ben, Dave, Hazel and daughter and to Mike Blenkinsop, whose presence alone at a race ensures an atmosphere of calm and professionalism. I hardly need add how much Clive and Tracy did to make the event happen..recceing in advance, setting out the signage, doing the finish tunnel, marshalling at the top (Tracy), recording (Clive), prize presentation (Clive). Thanks are also due to Jonathan Phillips the landowner who started the race and to Vasile, Maria and their team who provided a warm welcome and a fine spread at the Old Pandy Inn. As ever, we are grateful to Alan McCardle of the St Margarets Cider Company for supplying his potent bottled Herefordshire. Sweethearts like the Gunners did particularly well with a Valentine presentation edition to add to the statutory M70 prize (that was Gary). Don’t drink it all at once guys. You don’t want the earth moving again.

And to the race. In lovely temperate conditions, Andrew Tuckey from Bridgend, a 2.36 marathoner, dominated the field with his powerful climbing, exactly equalling the record set last year by Sam Gregory. The women’s race too had quality at the sharp end as Helen Brown, former British Champion, took the win, finishing high up the field. Another performance that cannot go without mention was that of Mike Fawcett who, after a few years of being plagued with injury, has found in his fifties that ultra-running in the toughest conditions is just the thing to recondition the body. At the Hammer he was an amazing 5th. What a battle it might have been if legendary M50 Mark Palmer had been running!

There was also a strong showing from the Couriers: Jake, who has progressed remarkably, adding strength to his speed through the season since joining the Club, started cautiously but tore through the field to finish 20th out of the 75 starters. Not far behind was Naomi, in a rich vein of form now she has a strong training group at Warwick University, finishing in 23rd and 4th woman, in the process taking the prized scalp of no less a fell man than Mike Link, who was 12 seconds down on her in 24th. There was a magnificent run too from Suzette Botha, doing her very first fell race. She is clearly a natural climber and was up with Naomi at the summit. She lost a few places coming down but still finished in a fine 35th spot. If she is available for the Summer Off Road Series, she could be a great addition to the team. A little way back were Richard Wall wearing the Couriers’ away Caribbean strip in 54th, one place up on Nigel who ran the whole race with huge grin on his face. “This was fun compared with what Sheryl puts me through on the road. That’s what I call ‘hammering’,” he said.



Congratulations to all the following – as well as those who pushed them hard – on their performances right through the winter season.



1. Ross 87

2. Matt 79

3. Jake 76



1. Amy 30

2. Kerry 18

3. Becky 16


Awards will be presented at the AGM on Thursday 22nd February at 8.00pm in the Leisure Centre.

Please note that the ALISON COOKE CUP (for females) and the DAVID PREECE CUP (for males) are to be awarded for the first time on a similar basis for performances in the four off road summer league events together with the County 10 mile road championship to be held in August. Medals again for the top three in each competition, I hope, to be presented before the start of the winter season.




With just next Sunday’s Presteigne fixture to go, leading standings in the Courier winter cups are as follows. As a reminder, the male WOODFORD GREEN CUP competition works like this, 20 points for first Courier, 19 for 2nd and so on in each of the 5 cross countries, each individual’s points being added together to determine his total. It’s the same for the JOHN NORTON TROPHY for the women, with 10 points the max in each race. Medals for top 3 in each competition, to be presented with the cups for the two winners at AGM.


1.Mike 72

2.Ross 69

3.Jake 61

4.Matt 59

6.Ben 55

7.Tim 51



1.Amy 30

2. Kerry 18

3. Becky 16


First of all, it’s great to see the new names in the lists. Added to the above, there is also Barry Reynolds who after his fine NYD 10K, had a superb run at the Rotherwas fixture, leading for a good while and finishing a close second to speedy Tim Iveson. The course suited him better than Croft, but even there, in the mud, he was a remarkable 6th but beaten by Matt on that occasion. Ross too has run well and is the leading junior man in the League. Further up the age scale, Tim has been performing brilliantly, dominating the V55’s, as trying to hang on to Eliot and co in training bears fruit.

We have the potential to do well in the women’s team comp. but have not always managed to field a full threesome. Amy is around the top 10 and Kerry would be in line for a V35 medal if she’d managed to do more races. Becky has also been well up and at Rotherwas the team was 4th. Taking account of the winning team at the NYD10K, Roxanne, Naomi and Sheryl it’s clear we potentially have a strong pool of female runners.

In the men’s team event, we’ve been inconsistent, managing 2nd at Rotherwas but as low as 7th at Monkhall. We’re 4th overall now but could improve with a good turnout at Presteigne.

Finally, please do publicise your results on the blog. There’s nothing like the first hand account of races to inspire and motivate teammates!