COURIERS SHORTLISTED FOR WEST MIDLANDS CLUB OF THE YEAR

The Couriers are celebrating the news that they have been shortlisted for a regional athletics award. The reds, who this year are celebrating 40 years of running around Hereford have reached the final of the West Midlands Club of the Year in the England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards. 

The Couriers at RUN Hereford

This year has seen the club continue to go from strength to strength having overcome the challenges of lockdown with a key focus on keeping its members involved and engaged and as a result the club’s membership is 160% up year on year. 

In the last 12 months, the Couriers have successfully hosted 2 Jon Ward 5k memorial races, raising over £6,000 for Mind and the Samaritans along with its successful Christmas 10k Race and a record attendance for its Spring 3-race 5k Series. 

In its 40th year, we continue to stay true to its founding core values of rewarding and investing in its members, improving and delivering local races and supporting the local community. 

Club chairman Jon Edwards said ‘It’s an incredibly proud moment for everyone involved with the club. The club committee & run leaders have worked so hard to make this club what it is, to bring our values to life and help us achieve our vision of being an all inclusive club for everyone.” 

Jon went on to say “I would like to personally thank all of our club members for all of your support & to those who voted for us. It’s quite remarkable how far we have come over the last few years. What a way to celebrate our 40th year.”

It’s also a double celebration for the reds as Club Secretary Ben Skinner has been shortlisted for the West Midlands Regional Volunteer Awards in the Unsung Hero category. 

The awards evening is being held virtually on Monday 22nd November and will be live on YouTube for all to watch the evening unfold. 

There has never been a better time to become a Courier, club membership is £15 and offers sessions on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Hereford Leisure Centre for all abilities, you can join the club by visiting: https://www.entrycentral.com/CouriersMembership 

Up next for the reds is it’s popular Christmas 10k race on Tuesday 28th December sponsored by the Studio Hereford, entries are going quick and the club are expecting the race to be a sell out, you can enter here at : https://www.entrycentral.com/Christmas10krace2021  

JON’S HALF YEARLY REPORT

CLUB UPDATE | We continue to make great progress as a club, at the half way point in our membership year our club Chairman, Jon Edwards gives us an update through his half yearly report.

Here are a few highlights:

  • 🔴 Club Membership ⬆️🆙️ 143%
  • 🔴 Record (sell out) attendance for the 5k Series 🙌
  • 🔴 We continue to develop more run leaders 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️
  • 🔴 We were delighted to raise £3️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ for mind in memory of Jon Ward.

Thank you to every Courier for all of your energy & support ❤ with mass participation events returning, the Cross Country League re-starting this month, the Christmas 10k Race 🎄in December & our showpiece AGM planned for March.

There has been no better time to be a red!

£3000 RAISED IN MEMORY OF WARDY FOR MIND.

2021 race winner Charlie Jones with Jon’s parents Trevor and Linda Ward.

The Couriers are proud to announce that last months Jon Ward 5k races have raised £3,000 in memory of former runner and decorated runner Jon Ward which will be donated to the charity MIND.

The money was raised from the Jon Ward 5k and the virtual events which were held in August 2021. 

Chairman Jon Edwards said “We are delighted to confirm that we have raised £3000 in memory of Jon. I’d like to thank everyone involved who got involved with the race, those who competed virtually, the many kind donations and to everyone at the club for their continued support.” 

Additional donations can still be made here: 

https://www.justgiving.com/jonwardhereford5k2021

RUNNERS RACE VIRTUALLY IN MEMORY OF WARDY

RUNNERS Ryan McLennan of Moray Road Runners & Couriers own Clare Mallender came out on top in the Virtual Jon Ward 5k race this August helping raise funds for the charity Mind. 

The race was another successful virtual race held by the Hereford Couriers which was created to run alongside of the physical race that happened last weekend & saw over 50 finishers from all across the world with racing taking place in Africa to Scotland running many routes in between in memory of Jon who sadly passed away in 2020.

In the men’s race, McLennan was the fastest recording a superb time of 18:15 to seal victory. 

He was followed virtually all the way by his team mate Simon MacDonald who finished in a time of 20:43 with Christopher Barnicoat picking up 3rd place in 21:11.

Quickest female was Hereford Courier Clare Mallender who finished in first position in a fantastic time of 21:58

Second place was Hereford & County youngster Eva Tyler, who finished her race in 22:40, ahead of Moray Road Runner’s Karen Norvell who finished in 3rd place in a time of 23:34.

The club would like to thank everyone who took part and got involved in the event, we really appreciate the support for this great event. 

The full race results can be found here:

WINS FOR JONES AND MORRIS ON JON WARD 5K

Yesterday we held our 2nd Jon Ward 5k, Congratulations to everyone who raced in memory of Jon & helping us raise funds for Mind Charity.

Overall winner of the race was Charlie Jones of Western Tempo Running Club who finished in 15:03 on our speedy course & with Donna Morris of Builth & District Running Club finishing first female in 17:50.

Tempo’s Rhys Park (15:11) and Alastair Campbell (15:45) of Stroud & District Athletic Club picked up 2nd and 3rd place in the men’s race.

Chepsow Harriers Duo Cherry Fowler (18:53) & Nikki Morgan (19:08) finishing 2nd and 3rd in the female race.

The full results can be found here: ://my.raceresult.com/177687/results

If you would like to donate you can contribute through our just giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JonWardHereford5k2021

A huge thankyou to everyone who made the event happen & good luck to everyone taking part in the virtual race this week.

COURIERS READY TO RUN IN MEMORY OF WARDY

This weekend the Couriers are proud to be hosting the 2nd Jon Ward Hereford 5k in memory of ex-Courier Jon Ward who sadly passed away in June 2020.

Jon was a decorated runner, competing across every distance from 5k to Ultra Running. He was a proud member of the 100 Marathon Club and many locally knew him well, Jon was a Courier from 2010 – 2017.

With running being such a huge part of his life, this weekend the Couriers are proud to host the Jon Ward Hereford 5k with the aim to raise as much funds with all proceeds going to the Mind.

The race will start and finish at Hereford Racecourse on Roman Road & will consist of 2 laps of the Bobblestock flat and fast course. The race will be chip-timed which will allow the potential of waves of runners to make sure everyone is as safe as possible. All participants will receive a finishers medal. The race will follow UK & England Athletics strict guidelines in relation to covid-19.

Hereford Couriers Club Chairman Jon Edwards said ‘The club are incredibly proud to host this event in memory of Jon again this year. He was a fantastic runner, who inspired so many others. Due to the current lack of races due to the covid-19 everyone at the club is looking forward to competing once again, and we hope to raise a lot of money for a fantastic cause’

The club are offering runners 2 ways of getting involved, you can still join us this Sunday.

Enter today and you’ll be able to collect your number on the day.

📆 Sunday 15th August

⏰ 2 Waves, Wave 1 (sub 20 mins) 9:45am & Wave 2 (over 20 mins) 10:15am

📍 Hereford Racecourse

👩‍💻https://www.entrycentral.com/JW5k2021

💳 £15 (£17 unattached)

🍟 Chip timed race which will help with social distancing

If you cannot make it on the day, why not join us virtually. We have a virtual race where all runners taking part will receive a bespoke medal through the post upon completion of your race

📆 8th – 21st August

⏰ Any time you want

📍 Wherever in you want

👩‍💻https://www.entrycentral.com/JonWardHereford5k2021Virtual

💳 £11 with all proceeds going to Herefordshire Mind

If you are unable to take part and would like to donate you can contribute through our just giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JonWardHereford5k2021

ROBINSON AND MORRIS TAKE SERIES TITLES

Results are in!

Congratulations to Ben Robinson Gloucester Athletic Club and Donna Morris of Builth & District Running Club who were crowned overall 5k series winner 2021 🏆👏

In the men’s race Western Tempo Running Club duo Henry James and Charlie Jones picked up 2nd & 3rd place in the series.

Rachel Underhill of Western Tempo finished 2nd female with Claire Thomas of Ludlow Runners finishing in 3rd.

All categories winners and team prize winners can be found below, all the series results can be found at www.avtiming/results

A special mention to our volunteers, our race partners AVtimingBluewood Creative & Point To Point Services for all of your support during the series.

If you enjoyed our series see our upcoming events below ⤵️

Jon Ward 5k: 15th August.
https://www.entrycentral.com/JW5k2021

Christmas 10k: 28th December.
https://www.entrycentral.com/Christmas10krace2021

5k Series 2022: 6th April, 4th May, 1st June.
https://www.entrycentral.com/Hereford-5K-series

COURIERS 5K SERIES RACE 2 RESULTS

🔥 PB’s keep tumbling on our super-quick course! 🔥

⏰ The results are in! ⏰

Congratulations to Dominic James of Western Tempo Running Club & Donna Morris of Builth & District Running Club who came out on top in the 2nd race of our 5k series 😎

Please find the results for last nights race along with current series leaderboard here ⤵️https://www.avtiming.com/results

Thank you to our race partner AVtiming for chip timing the race.

Keep hold of your bibs, these are for the whole series. £5 charge for future bibs we issue.

See you in June 😎

WE WANT YOUR STORIES

As many of you are aware, here at the club our 40th year celebrations are underway.

The club would like to collate the history of the club which was started in 1981.

If anyone has anything in their cupboards or drawers that may be remotely connected to the club please get in touch, whether you have photographs, newspaper cuttings, club kit, result sheets or anything else.

Please send to herefordcouriers runningclub@hotmail.com

Gitta, Head of Media.

Hereford Couriers Running Club