Midland Cross Country Championships report by Steve Herington, Leamington Saturday 26th January 2019
Couriers sadly did not have a team in either the men’s or women’s events – unlike our rivals, Wye Valley, who were well represented in both races. Oddly, Cheltenham, like us, failed to field a men’s team. On a damp, mild afternoon, 263 women from all corners of the Midlands set off on a tough 5 mile course, featuring a good mix of speedy grassland and, on each of the two laps, a pair of tough climbs and a couple of muddy brooks to negotiate.
Courier, Naomi Prosser, had a brilliant run in 65th, in 37.22, less than half a minute down on WVR’s leading runners, Laura Tootell and Jodie Newell. A real shame that she has not been available for the Hereford League, as she would surely be in the scrap for individual honours. The men’s race was three of the same laps, totalling 7.5 miles. Steve Herington was our only representative, finishing under the hour, in 311th of 403 but having the consolation of taking the M70 Championship nearly a minute clear of his nearest rival.
Maybe next year we can field full teams in the event, showing off the talent we have in our ranks. Steve
A group of 6 Couriers charged down to Chepstow for the winter Speedway 10k on Sunday with the all of them coming away with personal best times on the popular 2 loop flat course, with 4 of the field finish under 30 minutes, the conditions we’re great for racing and idea for recording them quick times.
Andy Tyler was the first Red vest to cross the finishing line in his first road 10k storming to a fantastic time of 36:54, Ryan Knight had another solid run building on this recent Telford 10k PB by bringing his best time down to 37:37. Chris Cleary and Ben Skinner build on recent New Years Day 10k performances with Chris out getting the better of Ben in the final part of the race to finish in 37:58 with Ben in 38:07. Jake Underhill knocked a minute off his previous best to finish in a time of 38:37 as preparation for his London Marathon quest in April continues. Izzie Seal was our only female red out on show put in a new best time of 46:39 a great reward for a few solid weeks of training.
Here at Hereford Couriers we’ve released our Club Membership fee’s for 2019 ahead of the new membership year that commences on 1st April, This year we are offering 2 membership options that suit runners of all abilities.
Couriers Social Club Membership – £10 a year
First claim Club Membership.
Join in with our ClubRuns and training.
Compete in Club colours with extra spectator support at local races.
Become part of a growing and vibrant team with a great social scene.
Option to take part and support the team in 4 summer & 5 winter races in the Herefordshire cross country league (all free of charge)
Have a say & input into how your club is run at club and AGM meetings.
Couriers Full EA Membership – £20 (full England Athletics Affiliation)
This is our preferred membership option & this includes:
All of the Couriers Social Membership Benefits listed above, Plus full England Athletics Affiliation
Discounted entry (minimum £2 for England Athletics registered athletes)
Access to championship competitions for club athletes across numerous disciplines at a national, regional and local level. Road Relays, Cross Counties etc.
Eligibility to compete in national representative teams and at England Athletics age group level.
Exclusive offers and discounts from a range of England Athletics’ commercial partners.
Have an opportunity to apply for Club London Marathon place through club ballot.
** Hereford Couriers membership year 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020, If you sign up to our club membership before 1st April 2019 your membership will run until 31st March 2020 your EA affiliation will be submitted in April 2019 at the start of club membership year**
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!
Leading standings: 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.)
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.
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.
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.