It’s nearly our first race day of the Couriers 5k series, here is a reminder of the race day instructions so have a read of the below guidance the club has put in place to keep all runners, volunteers and the general public safe. You will see a very different set up to any races you may have attended previously.
The Club have worked tirelessly to host this series so we need your support by playing your part by reading and keeping to the guidance below failure to adhere to these rules could result in disqualification with no refunds.
** If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend! **
We are asking that masks are worn at all times whilst you are in and around the venue and especially in the segregated pens for starting, once you are called forward to start you can remove your mask to race popping these in a pocket or the bins we will provide, we will have masks available for participants but please bring your own if you can.
On the night we will have 2 start times as this will help us with social distancing, the first wave will be for any runners who will finish in sub 20 minutes and will start at 18:45, once this race has been completed, we will then start the 2nd wave which will be for all the remaining competitors which will start at 19:15, please see the arrival, warm up, start and departure times for these 2 waves below.
The race is chip timed so the results will be created for both waves combined.
Please only take part in the first wave if you are going to complete the course in sub 20 minutes as this will delay the start of the 2nd wave.
Race numbers: Race bibs have been sent out in the post and you should have received these now, please keep these for the whole race series!
On the day set up: Please see the diagram below of the one-way system, please adhere to these at all times, this has been put in place to keep everyone safe, be mindful of members of the public at all times as this area is used regularly for dog walking.
Venue: The venue for the race is Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford. HR4 9QU
Facilities: Due to Covid-19 no facilities for changing are available, Toilets are supplied by the Racecourse & will have a social distancing queuing system in place using cones, once the cone in front of you becomes available move forward.
Parking: Parking will be available at the racecourse, we have created car parking area for races 1 & 2, Parking will be tight due to the race being at capacity so if you can please use B & Q or Halo (HR4 9SH) on Holmer Road or The Co-op at Bobblestock (HR4 9LT) as alternative parking and jog to the racecourse as a bit of a warm up.
Hand Sanitisers: These will be available for everyone taking part please make use of these.
Face Masks: We are asking that masks at all times whilst you are at the venue and especially in the segregated pens for starting, once you are called forward to start you can remove your mask to race popping these in a pocket of the bins we will provide.
Team/ Group Photos: No group/team photos are allowed to be taken, social distancing must be maintained at all times, we do have a race photographer who will be out on the course for those race photos
Bag Drop: There will not be a bag drop at this event.so please arrive race ready
Marshalls & First Aid: The race will have plenty of Marshalls out on the course along with yellow directional arrows. Please listen to Marshall’s instructions they are out on the course for your safety, Due to Covid-19 all Marshalls have been briefed to not to shout so please do not be offended you can’t hear them (we are usually a friendly bunch) We have professional first-aiders who be at the start/ finish area along with a rapid response car out on the course.
Course: The route is a 2-loop course on open roads around a housing estate, please be mindful of other participants and members of the public, please keep to your left at all times, if you need to overtake, please give space and do so on the right. We will hold the traffic for the start of the race but on the 2nd loop please be careful when you go onto the main road as the turn is tight, we will cone this area but please stick to the left.
Warm Up Area: We have created a warm up area, we are advising that runners wear a mask & maintain social distancing all times.
Pre-Race Briefing: We will be doing the race briefing online on our Facebook page on Sunday, please listen to these instructions.
Race start: Due to the high volumes of entries and adhering to social distance rules there will be set starting pens for all runners based on your PB/ estimated finishing times, please remain socially distanced in these pens wearing a mask until you are invited to the start line by the Marshalls. Please see the diagram below:
Race Finish: The race finishes in the same area as the start. Key Point! Once you have finished, participants will enter a one-way system taking runners to the toilets and car park, all runners will be made to keep on moving and no mingling. We are encouraging all runners to depart the racecourse as soon as you’ve finished your race.
Warm Down: We are encouraging runners not to use the racecourse for this due to social Distancing.
Water Station: We will have one water station at the finish, this will just be a bottle collection table, to keep participants moving. Please discard all empty bottles in the bins provided.
Medals: Each runner will receive a finishers medal; these medals can be picked up on race 3 in June.
Spectators: We are advising that spectators do not attend the event unless absolutely necessary,
As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are proud to announce our best ever membership offer to all runners current and new, Our membership will be just £15 which will include full Club Membership, England Athletics Affiliation and a FREE new design club Vest or T-shirt!
In 2020, we decided to lower our club membership age to 16 & if you are a member of Hereford & County Athletics Club (16+) you can join the Couriers for FREE! – Drop us an email for more information and an application form.
See the full benefits of being a member below:
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 to compete in)
Have a say & input into how your club is run at club and AGM meetings.
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 the Club London Marathon place through the club ballot.
Get listed on the power of 10.
Junior membership 16+
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2nd Claim members are welcome, £10 for the year drop us an email for an application form.
Hereford Couriers is affiliated to England Athletics. if you are currently a first claim member of another club you will need to notify them of your resignation and if an affiliated athlete you will also need to complete an application to England Athletics for a change of first claim club for approval. If you need any further help with registration and change of club procedures or any other membership queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In a welcomed return to racing Charlie Jones, of Western Tempo & Donna Morris, of Builth and District Running Club showed they were top of the tree by clinching victories in the 10-kilometre Christmas race, hosted by Hereford Couriers.
The race, at a reduced capacity for 2021 due to coronavirus saw 167 runners take part in the event around the rolling country lanes of Breinton on Monday 28th December.
Jones had an impressive run leading from start to finish crossed the line to set a winning time of 33 minutes and 08 seconds, over a minute ahead of teammate David Aubrey, who finished in a time of 34 mins and 14 with Malvern Buzzard youngster Malachi Cashmore close behind to finish in 3rd place crossing the line in 34 minutes and 52 seconds.
In the females race Builth Runner Morris, straight off the back of a night shift won in a fantastic time of 38 minutes and 44 seconds, ahead of Croft Ambrey duo Kelly Bowen and Alice Godding who both performed well to finish in 41 minutes and 05 seconds and 41 minutes and 18 seconds respectively.
The Couriers took the Men’s team prize after fine personal bests performances by Ryan Knight, Will Maul and Darren Broady who took a clear victory in the men’s team competition, with the impressive Croft Ambrey female team of Kelly Bowen, Alice Godding and Roxane Woodfield help the team in blue clinch the women’s team award.
There was also a host of category prizes for the veteran and junior sections.
Jon Edwards, Couriers Club Secretary said “During these tough times it was great to give the runners of Herefordshire something to smile about, we were delighted to host this event & with all the tier changes and restrictions it really become a celebration of running in the county, a big thankyou to our team of volunteers, our race partners & Hereford Rugby Club who all played their part in making this event a success.
Jon went on to say “If you raced on Monday or just looking to join a friendly bunch of runners come along to our ever popular socially distanced club sessions every Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm at Hereford Leisure Centre”
The results are currently provisional, if you do have any queries please get in touch via email email@example.com
A big thanks to our fantastic duo of Jon Edwards & Ben Skinner who have worked around the clock with all the behind the scenes background work to get another race during 2020 under our belts & to our awesome army of volunteers, not just those who helped on the day but all the people who have helped out and supported to make today happen, without all of your work we would not be able to host these events.
A special mention to our race partners Hereford Rugby Club for being hosts for the race, Andrew Vickerman Race Timing and Bluewood Creative for all of your support to host this race!
LOCAL RUNNERS Eliot Taylor and Katie Synge-Curtis came out on top in the 3-race Couriers Virtual 5k Series.
The race was a first for the Hereford Couriers who had to change their plans due to Covid-19 and change their popular 5k-series to a virtual run with races taking part in July, August & September.
Over 290 runners took part in the Virtual series from all across the UK, competing virtually by creating their own course and tracking their run while maintaining the government’s social distancing guidelines.
In the men’s race, Cheltenham Harrier member Taylor was the fastest recording a times of 15:58, 16:05 & 15:53 to take the series win
He was chased virtually all the way by Presetigne Pacers Runner Sam Butler who recorded 3 consecutive Personal Best performances to take 2nd place, with Hereford Ghost Runners’ youngster Henry White picking up 3rd place.
Quickest female over the 3 races was Hereford Couriers’ own Synge-Curtis who finished in first position in all 3 races recording times of 18:35, 18:27 & 17:57.
Hot on Katie’s tail was Ludlow Runners’ Claire Thomas who recorded 3 second place finishes closely followed by Samantha Harris of Forest of Dean AC who took 3rd place overall.
The age categories were hotly contested with a number of runners going into the final race in contention, it was great to see so many runners involved representing a whole host of clubs from across the county and beyond
Men’s first placed category winners:
Senior Eliot Taylor Cheltenham and County Harriers; Junior Henry White, Hereford Ghost Runners; V40 James Rose, Severn AC; V45 David Bannister, Ledbury & District Harriers ; V50 Paul Mammatt, Hereford Triathlon Club; V55 Martin Carter, Hay Hotfooters; V60 Alan Whitby, Tewkesbury Running Club; V65 Alan Robertson, Forest of Dean AC; V70 Steve Herington , Hereford Couriers; V80 Bryan Markham, Croft Ambrey RC.
Female first placed category winners:
Senior Katie Synge-Curtis, Hereford Couriers; Junior Charlotte Broadhurst, Kidderminster and Stourport; FV35 Claire Thomas, Ludlow Runners; V40 Samantha Harris, Forest of Dean AC; V45 Bronwen Tyler-Jones, Hereford Couriers; V50 Linda White; V55 Suzanne Powell, Croft Ambrey RC; V60 Kathy Ratcliffe; V70 Margaret Crosswell, Worcester AC, Wheelchair Julie Lawrenson.
In the team events both the male and female prizes headed to the Couriers, The Couriers men’s team of Ryan Knight, Andy Tyler, Darren Broady, Will Maul & Ben Skinner helped the Couriers take first place ahead of Hereford Couriers B team (2nd) and Forest of Dean AC (3rd).
The female Couriers team of Katie Synge-Curtis, Izzy Axford, Clare Mallender, Amy Smith & Kate Morris held off the challenge of Croft Ambrey AC (2nd) and Wye Valley Runners (3rd)
This October Hereford Couriers are proud to be hosting the first 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, on Sunday 4th October 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 Samaritans.
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 club is also offering runners who finish quicker than Jon’s 5k PB of 17:44 the option to win back their entry fee. The race will follow UK & England Athletics strict guidelines in relation to covid-19.
Hereford Couriers Club Secretary Jon Edwards said ‘The club are incredibly proud to host this event in memory of Jon. 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’
Couriers hosted the 2nd of its 3-race virtal 5k series this week with many scorching performances on a very hot week.
The race had 260 runners taking part from all across the UK completing virtually while maintaining the government’s social distancing guidelines.
In the men’s race, the series now has a new leader in Cheltenham Harriers runner Eliot Taylor who was the fastest in race 2, recorded a time of 16 minutes and 05 seconds, ahead of second place James Rodgers of Clapham Chasers’ in a time of 16:11 with Sam Butler of Presteigne Pacers in third, clocking another personal best of 16:15.
Quickest female was Couriers’ own Katie Synge-Curtis who made it 2 wins on the bounce to remain in first place in the overall series finishing in 18 minutes and 27 seconds, second was Ludlow Runners Claire Thomas who had a superb run going sub-19 minutes in 18:56, In third place Kidderminster and Stourport runner Charlotte Broadhurst who picked up a new personal best of 19:38.
The final race of the series is in September, plenty still up for grabs for overall series prizes for all age categories & team prizes with all participants receiving a medal for completing the series.
See the full results & current series standings after 2 races below:
Runners Charlie Jones & Katie Synge-Curtis came out on top in the first of 3 races of the Hereford Couriers Virtual 5k Series which happened last week.
Local running club Couriers organised the 3-race virtual series this July, August & September to replace the cancelled 5k series with over 270 runners taking part from all across the UK completing virtually over while maintaining the government’s social distancing guidelines.
In the men’s race, in-form Cheltenham Harrier Jones was the fastest recorded a time of 15 minutes and 27 seconds, ahead of Harriers’ teammate Eliot Taylor 15.58 with Sam Butler of Presteigne Pacers in third, clocking a personal best of 16:27.
Quickest female was Couriers’ own Katie Synge-Curtis who finished in 18 minutes and 35 seconds, second was Ludlow Runners Claire Thomas 19.22 closely followed by Samantha Harris of Forest of Dean AC in 19:30.
The race series continues in August and September, plenty still up for grabs for overall series prizes for all age categories & team prizes with all participants receiving a medal for completing the series.