It’s all hotting up, with three of the five fixtures gone. We have had 21 men and seven women run one or more races, a fantastic turn-out. A special shout for Hannah who, to maintain her top spot, ran Queenswood when she was under the weather (and probably should not have done!), finishing wearing a coat she’d picked up en route!
JOHN NORTON TROPHY (Women)
- 1st. Hannah Watkins – 57pts
- 2nd. Clare. Mallender – 57
- 3rd. Aisling Freeth – 52
- 4th. Amy Smith – 37
WOODFORD GREEN CUP (Men)
- 1st. Jake Underhill – 46pts
- 2nd. Ben Skinner – 44
- 3rd. Ryan Lawrence – 42
- 4th. Barry Reynolds – 40
- 5th. Mike Link – 40
- 6th. Matt James – 38
- 7th. Will Maul – 35
Well done all the above and the rest of us pushing them on! More points to be grabbed at Fforest Fields 3rd Feb (or Ffeb, if you like.)
Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Queenswood cross country race today.
Please see the race results below;
Thank-you to our hosts Wye Valley Runners for organising todays race.
Next up FForest Fields – 3rd February – Full details are on here: Herefordshire XC Winter League
A team of Couriers took on the annual New Years Day Wye Valley 10k, hosted by our neighbours New Valley Runners. The conditions we’re great for racing, it was a great opportunity to burn off those Christmas calories or blow away those new years’ hangovers.
We had 18 reds taking on the undulating course which started on Great Western Way before looping around the hilly roads of Breinton, The Couriers performed well picking up prizes and PB’s on a tough course. Barry Reynolds had another great run to finish in 2nd place in a time of 34:27, Naomi Prosser finished strong in 30th place in a time of 43:03 to pick up the 3rd lady prize, Steve Herington had a good run finishing in 65th place overall and 1st +Vet 70 Male in a time of 46:46. Barry was joined by Bobby Prichard (6th) and Liam Tosh (10th) to receive the men’s team prize.
Full Team Results
- 2nd – Barry Reynolds 34:27
- 6th – Bobby Prichard 36:51
- 10th – Liam Tosh 37:54
- 19th – Chris Cleary 39:40
- 20th – Ben Skinner 39:41
- 30th – Naomi Prosser 43:03
- 33rd – Ryan Knight 43:17
- 34th – Kev Rowe 43:19
- 41st – Ryan Lawrence 44:13
- 48th – Dave Williams 44:57
- 65th – Steve Herington 46:46
- 73rd – Hannah Watkins 47:17
- 78th – Kelly Marshall 47:37
- 100th – Alan Rowlands 50:10
- 109th – Izzie Seal 51:34
- 118th – Kev Barnes 52:57
- 146th – Neil Lewis 56:24
- 181st – Sarah Bowring 1:08:15
A big thankyou to Wye Valley Runner for another well organised local race, see the full results here: New Years Day 10k Full Results
A great little warm-up for Sunday, trail shoes at the ready – next up Queenswood XC!
Everyone at Hereford Couriers would like to wish our club members, volunteers and supporters a happy and healthy 2019, If your not a member why not kick start that 2019 new years resolution and take up advantage of our current club £5 membership deal.
There are great advantages to joining the Club:
- Training with fellow runners
- Seeing improvement in your performances
- Great way to get fit without those gym membership prices
- Competing (if you wish) in Herefordshire winter and summer cross-country leagues (which is free for all club members)
- Join our ClubRuns every Tuesday & Thursdays (with other training options available)
- A great social scene!
Reduced Membership Prices: 23rd November 2018 – 31st March 2019.
- First Claim Membership – £5
- England Athletics Affiliation (Optional) -£15
Download an application form here:
Hereford Couriers Membership Form Nov 18 April 19
you can pay via cheque or via online (please email us for online details) any queries please contact: email@example.com
** Between Friday 23rd November 2018 & Sunday 31st March 2019 we have reduced our club membership to £5 per member. Prices will revert back to the usual £10 club membership from 1st April 2019**
After two fixtures, the standings in the two Hereford Couriers’ Winter Cups are as follows. I’ve listed only runners who ran both races. Plenty of time for others to challenge the current leaders. Well done all. Please let me know of errors, omissions.
THE JOHN NORTON TROPHY (Women)
- Hannah Watkins – 40
- Amy Smith – 37
- Claire Mallender – 37
- Aisling Freeth – 34
THE WOODFORD GREEN CUP (Men)
- Jake Underhill – 32
- Ben Skinner – 31
- Ryan Lawrence – 30
- Mike Link – 29
- Kev Barnes – 22
Onward to Queenswood.
On Saturday 8th December Hereford parkrun teamed up with Hereford Foodbank to hold a Christmas collection, supported and organised by Hereford Couriers.
On the day we had a fantastic response to the collection with so many items donated which will go towards supporting people in the county this Christmas.
Barbara from Hereford parkrun said “I hope that the items can make a real difference over the busy couple of weeks that are coming” Rachel Lattey a volunteer at Hereford foodbank & regular parkrunner added “Everyone at the foodbank would like to say a thankyou to all the generous folk at Hereford parkrun for their donations”.
The free weekly 5k parkrun is every Saturday at 9am meeting at the Hereford Leisure Centre just by the athletics track, everyone is welcome.
Photo’s credit – Nick Lattey
A group of speedy reds headed to Telford on Sunday with the aim to bring 2018 to the end with 10k PB’s. The race which is billed as not just one of the regions quickest and flattest course but it is listed as one of the best in the country hosted by Telford A.C.
The race which attracts some of the quickest runners in the country did not disappoint with 17 runners finishing the 2 lap race along the flat course in under 30 minutes.
The Couriers finished the year in style with some superb times to note, Matt James improving on his recent Leeds time finished in 35.05, Ryan Knight moved down to the shorter 10k distance and brought his new best time down to 38.07. Ryan Lawrence had a super run to pick up a well deserved new lifetime best in 40.52.
Sheryl Evans was the first Courier lady home in a fantastic time of 43.21, closely followed over the finishing line by Clare Mallender in a time of 43.54. Becky Eversham & Kerry Wathen finished the year maintaining their great form to pick up personal bests in 44.54 & 45.36. Kev Barnes had a good run out finishing in 50.21.
As we near the end of 2018 and with the majority of races done for the year, We just wanted to take the opportunity to share some of the fantastic things we’ve achieved throughout the year, and we know there are so many more!
A big thank-you to our team, its you lot that make the Couriers what it is.
Roll on 2019, We’re just getting started….
Hereford Couriers have put their support behind a local campaign to create a sculpture in honour of John Tarrant with a £250 donation.
Tarrant was known as the ‘Ghost Runner’ as he was never officially recognised by the authorities because he accepted £17 as a teenager boxer, which meant that the Amateur Athletic Association banned him from taking part in any races.
But John, would often defy the rules and would turn up – and then win – the races he was barred from entering. He even broke the world record at both 40 and 100 miles.
Tarrants legacy lives on through the Hereford Ghost Runners training group who meet every Monday evening at Hereford Leisure Centre coached by Nicola Tyler and Lisa Ruck with many of the senior runners who have progressed to run for many clubs across Hereford.
Club chairperson Mike Link said “Hereford Couriers Running club owe so much to the Hereford Ghost Runners, we would not be the vibrant club that we are today without the close bond we have, much of the success of our club has come directly from the legacy that John Tarrant has left behind including the athletes that were initially coached by John’s brother Vic. Those very same athletes have become the coaches of the Ghost Runners in Nicola and Lisa, with many Couriers benefitting & improving from the Ghost Runners training group we felt it was only right show our thanks and support to a project that not only honours the greatest running athlete to run the streets of hereford but also to a symbol of inspiration for future runners”
Nicola Tyler added “I’m overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the Hereford Couriers who’s donation and support has been fantastic towards the Ghost Runner campaign, the sculpture will continue to inspire runners of all ages in Hereford for years to come, The sculpture is really making some great progress”
Photo courtesy of Chris Smart.
Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Rotherwas cross country race today.
Fantastic results team, Mens coming in 2nd & the ladies in 4th.
Some very fine individual performances too, well done reds.
Please see the race results below;
Thank-you to our hosts Hereford Tri-Club for putting on a another great event.
Next up Queenswood – 6th January – Full details to follow.