The Club are pleased to announce that this year the following Couriers have been selected to represent the Club at the London Marathon in April 2023.
In keeping with the club rules the club committee have decided that the first club place is to be awarded to Clare Mallender due to her commitment to the club over the years, not just on the road and trails where Clare is always so willing to turn out and support the team, but the way Clare has made the newly created Club Membership Secretary role her own, Clare has the ongoing task of keeping up with registering over 200 club members annually along with advising on all matters in relation to membership including club transfers and for this reason we are so pleased to award this place to Clare.
The 2nd club place had so many people deserving of the place and for this reason and in line with our club rules we decided that it was only fair to draw this one by ballot, we are pleased to share that Kate Morris was drawn out the hat and will represent the reds in London, Kate who has been a member since 2019 is a great asset to the club, always on hand to support with races and is a regular ‘scanner’ at parkrun and if you didn’t know Kate’s Dad Brian was also a founding member of the Couriers back in 1981.
New for this year we are pleased to share that the club have funded a 3rd London Marathon place, going forward this place will be known as the ‘Jon Ward Marathon Place’ in memory of former Courier Jon who was part of the 100 marathon club, this is a new place on offer to a club member who has gone above and beyond for the club and for that reason we would like to recognise Graeme Walker for this place, Graeme does so much for our club, whether it be keeping the club finances in check, organising our weekly endurance session or planning weekends away in the Brecon Beacons for the team, his work doesn’t go unnoticed, Graeme also had the heartbreak of just being 6 seconds outside the good for age qualifying time for London, and for these reasons we are pleased to award another well-deserved place .
Club Chairman Jon Edwards said ‘It’s fantastic to award these places to Clare, Kate and Graeme, they all thoroughly deserve their places on the London Marathon start-line in April. We are also pleased that we’ve been able to create a 3rd place in the UK’s most iconic Marathon for our members in memory of Jon, showing our ongoing Couriers commitment of rewarding our members. On behalf of the club, I wish all 3 of them the best of luck with their training as they build up to the big day’.
In support of Hereford’s Athletics Track A community running event for anyone who can run 400 meters or 40 miles.
Monday 2nd January 2023 Sunrise 8:19 am – Sunset 4:10 pm Daylength 7 hours 50 minutes and 11 seconds
As the sun rises over Hereford on 2nd January 2023, a team of Couriers (and friends) will begin an ultra-new year challenge to raise awareness of the campaign to refurbish Hereford’s Athletics Track.
Starting at Halo Leisure Centre, their new year’s resolution will be to run as far as possible before leading a mass community run around Herefords’ athletics track at sunset.
The eight-mile course designed for the challenge follows footpaths and quiet roads around Hereford, with shops and even a few pubs en route.
With a social and steady 10-minute mile pace and time for tea and snack breaks, each loop will take roughly 1 hour 30 mins to complete. After each lap, Halo Leisure Centre will treat the ultra runners to free hot drinks and use of facilities.
Run it all, run one or two loops at the beginning, middle or end, or join us for the mass ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down Lap’ on Hereford’s much-loved track.
Approximate start times of each loop.
Loop 1 – 8.19 am Loop 2 – 9:50 am Loop 3 – 11:20 am Lunch 1 pm (ish) Loop 4 – 1.20 pm Loop 5 – 2:50 pm Community don’t let the sun go down lap 4:08 pm
If you would like to get involved, please leave a message below.
If you would like to support this great cause helping them raise some funds by running in the Christmas 10k, all you need to do is to contact Linda at The Little Princess Trust registering your interest and we will liaise with Linda to allocate places for the race on the 28th December 2022.
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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 up 11% year on year.
The club have been instrumental on brining Junior Parkrun to Hereford.
We’ve invested further into our Run Leader and Coaching progammes.
£1,500 was donated to mind from the Jon Ward 5k & Relays.
We’ve had so much fun together, subsiding trips to the Brecon Beacons, canoeing down the Wye, track sessions, the beer mile and many other projects, whilst continuing to invest in new kit, props, displays and races.
In a period when events are being cancelled, the Couriers remain financially strong and our events continue to be successful.
I’d like to thank the team, our dedicated committee and all of our Run Leaders for your hard work and commitment. You are Hereford Couriers.
There is so much to look forward to: next month will see the introduction of our new club standards platform, the Winter XC is back, our next race at Hope Valley, the Christmas 10k on 28th Dec and of course I can’t wait to celebrate once again with you at our showpiece AGM (end of year party) in March.
The Couriers are proud to announce that this year’s Jon Ward 5k, which included relay races for the first time, has raised £1,500 in memory of former Courier and decorated runner Jon Ward which will be donated to the charity MIND.
The race, in its 3rd year, has now raised over £7,500 for charity, through entries to the races along with people taking part in the events by racing virtually across the UK.
Chairman Jon Edwards said “Runners at this year’s event certainly embraced Jon’s spirit; battling against the odds as it was an extremely hot day and embracing new challenges, with many competing in the relays for the first time. Thank you to each and every one of them that took part”
Enjoy our 5k series? how about giving one lap a blast instead of 2?
Why not pick 2 of your team mates and create a relay team for the Jon Ward Relays – a new event for 2022 as part of the Jon Ward 5k race day!
The relays – Each leg will be one lap of the course (2.5k each runner) relays are in teams of 3 with splits for each leg! Teams can be all male, all female or mixed with a team prize for each of these categories!
Along with this we will be running the usual Jon Ward 5k race with all profits from both races going to Mind in memory of Jon.
📅 Sun 14th August
🏃🏼♀️ 🏃🏼♂️ Relays 09:00am
🏃🏼♂️ 🏃 5k 10:00am
There are limited places for the relays, the Team Captains will need to sign up early to avoid disappointment.
The team awards were picked up by the Hereford Couriers Men & the Croft Ambrey Ladies
Well done to all the category winners some fantastic running across the series by you all.
Juniors U13 F – Olivia Hayman Shrewsbury Athletic Club U15 F – Isobel Watt Cheltenham & County Harriers U20 F – Charlotte Broadhurst Croft Ambrey Running Club U13 M – Fred Tyler Hereford & County Athletics Club U15 M – Henry White Halo Sport Foundation U20 M – Louie Lambeth Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club
Females SF – Rachel Underhill Western Tempo Running Club V35 F – Sarah Morris Black Pear Joggers V40 F – Samantha Harris Forest of Dean Athletic Club V45 F – Joanna Eddy Hereford Couriers Running Club V50 F – Cherry Fowler Chepstow Harriers Information V55 F – Niki Morgan Chepstow Harriers V60 F – Lorna Shaw Wye Valley Runners V70 F – Carole Clarke Worcester Athletics Club V75 F – Margaret Crosswell Worcester Athletics Club
Male SM – Charlie Jones Western Tempo V40 M – Kristan McKenna V45 M – Sean Taylor Torfaen Runners V50 M – Huw Evans Parc Bryn Bach Running Club V55 M – Richie Richards Hereford Couriers V60 M – Paul Dodd Chepstow Harriers V65 M – Stephen Owen Chepstow Harriers V70 M – Steve Herington Hereford Couriers V80 M – Bryan Markham Croft Ambrey.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s series another huge success.A special mention to all the volunteers for giving up the time to marshall through the series – you are amazing!
These races take an awful amount of time to organise from initial plans, through to entries, licences & then on the night coordination for each of the 3 races, a huge thank you to Jon & Ben for all of your time and efforts.
There is no better time to join the Couriers and if you are a new member we are offering all new members a free club vest or t-shirt.
£Annual Membership! FREE Club Vest or TShirt for all new members!
It’s time to join England Athletics West Midlands Club of the Year Runners up 2021!
With your membership you will get;
Full Club Membership. England Athletics Affiliation, discount on races you sign up for Free entry to Winter & Summer Off-Road Leagues. Various Training options for all abilities usually offering 4 groups options each session! A great club social scene, events outside running is really important to us! it’s not all about the running! And far more……