COURIERS 5K SERIES SHORTLISTED FOR AWARD.

We are proud to announce that the Hereford Couriers annual 5k Series have been shortlisted for The 2018 Running Awards in 2 categories.  

Our ever popular speedy race series has been shortlisted in the ‘West Midlands 5k of the year’ and the ‘Race Series of the year’ categories.

We need your help as the voting is now open, please help and share the links below to help us win!

Link to ‘West Midlands 5k of the year’ Voting

Link to ‘Race Series of the year’ voting

Many thanks for voting for us!

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CLUB TRAINING KIT LAUNCHED.

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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE NEW HEREFORD COURIERS TRAINING WEAR IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER. 

A Couriers kit page has been created on this website with the full details of both the racing & training wear and how you go about making an order. Hereford Couriers Club Kit Webpage

DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE HERE; Hereford Couriers Kit3

Here’s a sneaky peak 🙂

 

FFOREST FIELDS CROSS COUNTRY POSTPONED.

Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 10.45.46DUE TO ADVERSE CONDITIONS AND FLOODING THE HEREFORDSHIRE XC LEAGUE RACE AT FFOREST FIELDS ON SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER HAS BEEN CALLED OFF

Apologies for the short notice. Please inform all your club’s runners immediately.

The Fforest Fields campsite is saturated and flooded, leaving nowhere to park vehicles, and the course has been declared dangerous.

We are hopeful of re-arranging this fixture later in the season.

WINTER XC LEAGUE STARTS THIS WEEKEND.

Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 23.47.53THIS WEEKEND IS THE START OF THE HEREFORDSHIRE WINTER CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE SERIES WHEN WE TRAVEL TO FFOREST FIELDS ON SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER. 

SEE THE DETAILS BELOW FOR THE RACE;

RACE 1, FFOREST FIELDS
DATE Sunday 14th October
HOSTS: Builth & District RC
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START TIME 11AM.
ADDRESS Fforest Fields, Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells. LD1 5RT.
DIRECTIONS If approaching from Kington take A44 then A481 (Fforest Inn) towards Builth Wells. Fforest Fields campsite is signposted on the left just under a mile from the village of Hundred House.
From Builth pass through the town, take 2nd exit onto A483 towards Llandrindod, then take first right onto A481, Fforest Fields campsite is a few miles down the road on the right and is signposted.
At Fforest Fields Campsite please drive slowly and please park on the gravel
NEW COURSE FOR 2018,

  • Distance; 10k
  • 1st Loop (blue) 7k
  • 2nd Loop (red) 3k
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SUCCESS FOR THE REDS AT CARDIFF & CHESTER.

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 21.24.19It was another weekend of fantastic performances for the reds with many runners picking up personal best performances at both the Cardiff Half & Chester Marathon on Sunday.

A group of Couriers were joined by 19,000 other runners in the Welsh capital for the Cardiff’s largest road race which takes runners around capital’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The predominately flat and fast course & the near perfect conditions made it ideal for some fine individual performances.

Jake Underhill ran the race of his running career so far to knock 5 minutes off his previous half marathon best to record his first sub 90 mins half in 1:27:29, Chris Cleary continues with his good form after his recent road sub 40 10k to pass the line in 1:34:55. Sheryl Evans had a fantastic performance to get under sub 1hour 40 and crossed the line in 1:39:22. Both Becky Eversham & Kerry Wathen came away with new personal bests after a solid few months of training to record times of 1:41:12 & 1:41:56.Kelly Marshall picked up a new PB in a fantastic time of 1:46:30, with Jim Smith was very close behind in a time of 1:46:39, Kev Barnes stopped the clock in 1:52:03 & Paul Gilbert in his 2nd outing for the Couriers met his pre-race target to get his first sub 2 hour half in a time of 1:58:14.

Ryan Knight had a steady run supporting his Sister in her first half marathon crossed the line in 2:05:16. Bev Tyler moved down to the shorted half marathon distance recorded a time of 2:09:55 with Anna Simkin, who is gearing up for London next year passed the line in 2:26:47 .

Paul Jones was our sole representative at the Chester Marathon with the route being both historic and scenic but more importantly the ideal conditions for Paul to attempt his first Sub 3 hour Marathon. Paul did not disappoint after months solid training and keeping to his plan it all paid off with Paul recording a fine time of 2:59:01.

Another great weekend to be a Courier, Well done everyone, onto the first Cross Country we go!

 

 

 

 

COURSE RECORD & PB’S ARE SMASHED ON A GREAT WEEKEND FOR THE REDS!

It was a busy weekend of running for the Hereford Couriers as many runners took the red vest on tour to Worcester, Swansea and locally Upton Bishop as recent training sessions paid off for the Couriers as many personal best performances were recorded and a local course record was broken!

Barry Reynolds took on the hills of Upton Bishop in the Big Dipper 10k race but he wasn’t going to settle for just a first place finish be also came away with a new course record in a time of 35:45 and Barry’s son Alfie made it 2 wins for the Reynolds picking up first place in the kids race!

A smaller team of Reds ventured into South Wales to take part in the Swansea 10k with majority of the course along the June Half Marathon route but luckily not half as hot as the race during the summer, We had a team of Sheryl Evans, Amy Smith and Peter Carwardine at the race with Sheryl recording a fine time of 44:17 with Amy performing well after illness in 46:13 Peter rolling back the years to finish in a great 44:43.

Screen Shot 2018-09-17 at 22.50.42.pngA large group of couriers went over to the Worcester Run event which gave the runners a choice of either the 10k or Half Marathon distance to take on, both races started and finished at just before the Pitchcroft racecourse. The 10k route was around the Worcester streets going out to Diglis Marina on a relatively flat course, with the half marathon course being the 10k course with a loop out around Lower Broadheath.

In the Half Marathon the Couriers did not disappoint with some great times coming from the lads in red, Paul Jones took another chunk off his Half Marathon PB recording a fine 1:22:51 (I’m sure it was the new shoes!) with Tim Taylor recording a solid time of 1;24.32. Shaun Fitzpatrick had a good run out to finish in 1:36:52 with Kevin Rowe on his Couriers debut performing well in 1:39:42, David Bridgewater added to his recent good mileage to finish in 2:06:04.

More of the Reds decided to take on the shorter 10k distance with PB’s up for grabs on the flat(ish) route, Matt James was the first Red past the line with a great time of 36:35. Next up a team of Ben Skinner, Jake Underhill and Chris Cleary worked together to come home in 39:20, 39:23 & 39:33 respectively to all achieve their first sub40 road PB’s. Dave Williams ran well to finish in 41:44. Ladies Clare Mallender & Becky Eversham added to their recent success on the track to pick up personal best performances in 45:18 & 46:48. Kerry Wathen had a good run out after illness during the week to finish in 47:44. Kev Barnes (minus the Couriers red compression sock) recorded a time of 49:07 with Paul Gilbert making his couriers debut (minus the red vest) beating his pre-race target of sub 52mins to finish with a new personal best of 51:03 & Izzy Seal had a good run to finish in 54:43 she also appeared on Worcester News main race facebook post sporting the iconic red vest!

WORCESTER RUN RESULTS 
10K HALF MARATHON 
Name Time Name Time
Matthew James 36:35 Paul Jones 1:22:51 (PB)
Ben Skinner 39:20 (PB) Tim Taylor 1:24:32
Jake Underhill 39:23 (PB) Shaun Fitzpatrick 1:36:52
Chris Cleary 39:33 (PB) Kevin Rowe 1:39:42
Dave Williams 41:44 David Bridgewater 2:06:04
Clare Mallender 45:18 (PB)
Becky Eversham 46:48 (PB)
Kerry Wathen 47:44
Kev Barnes 49:07
Paul Gilbert 51:03 (PB)
Izzy Seal 54:43

 

 

STEVE PICKS UP TEAM SILVER IN MALAGA.

Race report from Steve Herington on his recent run in the World Masters Athletics Champs in Malaga, Congratulations Steve!

World Masters Athletics Champs Malaga September 2018

These Champs are primarily track and field, drawing, in all, I believe, some 8,000 athletes from across the globe.

Not having the speed for the track, I targeted, from the beginning of the year, the cross country event, hoping to make a mark in the M70 category.
Normally, the courses are flat and furious, but my hopes soared when I found that the Malaga (actually Torremolinos) circuit was round a hilly pine wood over rough ground which I thought might take some of the sting out of the speedsters’ legs.

We started at 9.0 am, so it was not too hot. However the wind was blowing and we set off in a cloud of dust.

The M70’s were about 60 strong including 7 of us in GB colours. It was 3 to score for the team so I had to beat 4 compatriots to count. 3 years ago in Lyon I had been 4th scorer when the team took silver. I didn’t want to repeat that experience but was a bit apprehensive, given that most of the GB 70’s this time were track guys and a good bit quicker than me.

The course was 3 laps of 2k, with, I was relieved to note, no long run-in where the quicks’ could unfurl their sprinters’ legs.

I decided on a ‘do or die’ strategy and went tearing off at the start up a long drag, high in the top 10. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to maintain it but was relieved to be holding my position after lap 1, with no Brits ahead of me. On the following lap, I even improved to 5th and felt full of running, the scent of pine needles doing wonders for my breathing.

Lap 3 was hard but I held things together despite losing a couple of places, one to a French guy who ended up beating me by one second. Running a bit scared I powered down the last hill and hung on to take 7th spot and first Brit, though only 9 seconds ahead of the second counter. In fact the team packed well, with 7th, 9th and 10th and an unlucky 11th.

Unfortunately we weren’t quite good enough for gold, losing out to the hosts, Spain, who had 2nd, behind the Finnish winer, 5th and 12th. But we were thrilled with silver ahead of Australia and the rest.

As I suggested, the course was perfect for me after long years of conditioning on Mike Blenkinsop’s Herefordshire courses and the honing of my limited capacity for speed thanks to working over the last year in Niki and Lisa’s fantastic group on the track.

NIGHT OF PB’S FOR THE COURIERS.

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 16.26.30It was a night of personal best performances on Wednesday  as the couriers swapped the road for the track to take on the Herefordshire Athletics Association Mile Championships at Herefordshire Leisure Centre.

Race conditions on the Hereford track (which does tend to have a climate of its own) were perfect as the Couriers took full advantage to build on recent 5km & 10km track success during August.

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 16.26.41Ross Cameron showed speed on the track to finish in 5.08 picking up 1st Junior male award, Andy Tyler and Jake Underhill had solid runs to pick up medals in the vet men’s category with Andy picking up Silver (5:21) & Jake finishing strong to bag a bronze (5:26)

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 17.02.26Lady Couriers Clare Mallender, Aisling Freeth and Becky Eversham worked together and dug in deep resulting personal bests and medals in the women’s race with Clare finishing 1st Vet Female (6:30), Aisling received 2nd Sen Female (6:30) & Becky won 2nd Vet Female prize.

We also had superb runs from Ben Skinner (5:04), Darren Broady (5:34) Ryan Lawrence (5:43) Nigel Reade (6:04) and Bronwen Tyler-Jones (7:05) who all took advantages of the great running conditions to all pick up personal best times on the night.

Special mention to Tony Williams, Mike Blenkinsop & Nikki Tyler for organising & officiated the 1 mile, 5k & 10k track championships during August.

FULL TEAM RESULTS BELOW;

NAME TIME
Ben Skinner 5:04 (PB)
Ross Cameron
5:08 (PB) 1st Junior Male
Andy Tyler 5:21 (PB) 2nd Vet Male
Jake Underhill 5:26 (PB) 3rd Vet Male
Darren Broady 5:34 (PB)
Ryan Laurence 5:43 (PB)
Nigel Reade 6:04 (PB)
Clare Mallender 6:30 (PB) 1st Vet Female
Aisling Freeth 6:30 (PB) 2nd Sen Female
Becky Eversham 6:31 (PB) 2nd Vet Female
Bronwen Tyler-Jones 7:05 (PB)

COURIERS WEEKEND ROUNDUP

On a weekend that the recent sun was replaced with rain this did not deter the many of the Couriers who turned out in force at a number of races over Saturday and Sunday.

FIRST FEMALE FOR CLARE AT JACKS DASH. 

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 16.44.49The duo of Clare Mallender and Kev Barnes took part in the 11km Jacks Dash race on Saturday, The race started and finished at the Moon Inn, Garway taking in some of the South Welsh border along with its picturesque views to the the summit of Garway Hill before runners made their way back to Moon Inn for a pint and a burger. Clare had a fine race to finish as the first female in a time of 57:06, Kev  enjoyed the hills fueled by his full english Tesco breakfast finished 24th 62:13, All proceeds of the race went the the Midlands Air Ambulance on the day raised £380 for this great cause.


AWARDS GALORE AT THE CREDENHILL CANTER. 

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 16.57.07The Couriers had a good turnout at the local Credenhill Canter race on Sunday afternoon with the team picking up a whole host of prizes. The Reds took on the 11km course which is very much a race of 2 halves with the first one being on mainly flat roads, fields and trails before the second one bringing the woods which is more up than down before finishing at Credenhill Church.

The award categories were somewhat different to the majority of races but that did not stop the Red’s picking up plenty. Ben Skinner was the first Courier to pass the finishing line in 2nd place overall in 45:13 just ahead of Ross Cameron in 45.22 who added another medal (1st U20 Male) to his ever growing trophy cabinet. Andy Tyler had a strong run to finish 4th (& first U50 Males) adding to his recent success at the summer cross country league series & Jake Underhill knocked 9 mins off last years time finished in 48.05 (3rd U50M).

Ryan Lawrence, who continues to improve ran well to record a time of 48:43 (2nd U30M) with Darren Broady not far behind in 50.05 (3rd U30M). Aisling Freeth was the 2nd female overall and the first U30F adding to her recent success at the Herefordshire 10miler. It was great to see Nigel Reade in a Red Vest again finished in 56.55 and Bronwen Tyler-Jones made her Couriers debut in style winning the first U50 Female prize after finishing in 65.56.

See the full times below; 

Name Time Prize
Ben Skinner 45.13
2nd Place/ 2nd U40 Male
Ross Cameron 45.22
3rd Place/ 1st U20 Male
Andy Tyler 45.53 1st U50 Male
Jake Underhill 48.05 3rd U50 Male
Ryan Lawrence 48.43 2nd U30 Male
Darren Broady 50.05 3rd U30 Male
Aisling Freeth 56.45
2nd Female/ 1st U30 Female
Nigel Reade 56.55
Bronwen Tyler-Jones 65.56 1st U50 Female

STEVE TAKES ON THE BRITISH MASTERS CHALLENGE

Steve Herington took part in the British Masters Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium Birmingham on Sunday finishing 6th place in the V70 category in the 5,000m in a time of 22:19


SEVERN BRIDGE SUCCESS FOR COURIERS. 

Couriers Paul Jones, Ryan Knight, Kelly Marshall & Anna Simpkin took part in the Severn Bridge race which offered both the 10k & half marathon distances for runners who want to run across the bridge which joins England & Wales over the Bristol channel. The race was held in torrential rain but the conditions did not put the Couriers off, Anna & Kelly took part in the 10k with Kelly finishing in a time of 47:37 & Anna going sub 1 hour in 58:50. Paul & Ryan took on the Half Marathons and both came away with fantastic times, Paul stopped the clock in 01:25:49 with Ryan setting a new PB knocking another 30 secs in 01:28:31.

COURIERS SUMMER CUPS………..THE RESULTS

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 10.31.31The ALISON COOKE and DAVID PREECE CUPS are a new initiative this season to add a bit more competitive spice to the summer racing, if any more were needed, and to act as an added incentive to represent the Club in the main warm weather fixtures. Results are thus based on performances over the four summer league inter club matches and the County 10 mile champs, using the same format as the winter competitions for the JOHN NORTON TROPHY and the WOODFORD GREEN CUP.

David Preece was a prolific and successful racer for Couriers before his sadly premature death some twenty years ago. Alison Cooke is still going strong racing in the Lake District after a long and highly decorated career with Couriers, often when our women’s section was rather threadbare compared with today. I am very happy that we are able to honour these two former club stalwarts in this way, keeping their names alive in the Hereford running world.

I am just as thrilled by the fantastic response to the two competitions in their inaugural year. You will see from the results below that every award-winner apart from Matt (who is a permanent fixture and eternal inspiration) is in their first year as a Courier. They have all performed brilliantly on tough courses and often in uncomfortably hot conditions. Huge congratulations to them all and to the rest of us who pushed them as hard as we could!

You will see how close the results are. Thus, Clare defeated Vicky only by virtue of registering a higher league position.

ALISON COOKE CUP

1st. Clare Mallender 77
2nd. Vicky Woodhall 77
3rd. Kerry Wathen 73

(Aisling Freeth unluckily missing out on 72 after a great season in which she has improved with every race.)

DAVID PREECE CUP

1st. Matt James 79
2nd. Ben Skinner 78
3rd. Darren Broady 77

Now on to the winter cups, starting on October 14 at llovely Fforest fields.

Steve