Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 05.40.54There’s some great racing to come this summer and the good news is that the 4 Summer Herefordshire Off Road fixtures are ALL FREE (every participating Club making a contribution) and on great testing courses throughout the County. The distance for each is around or just over 5 miles so not as long (or tarmacy) as the Croc8. The races are on Wednesday evenings at fortnightly intervals beginning 13 June.

Scoring is based on teams of 6 which must include at least 2 women, so usually, it is first 4 men and first 2 women from each club. There are medals for the series (you have to do at least 3 of the races to count) first 3 women and men and the first 3 in each 5 year category, as well as the overall team award.

In addition, Couriers are initiating their own competition within a competition similar to that run over the winter cross country season. This will be for the DAVID PREECE CUP for men and for the ALISON COOKE CUP for women, with medals for the first 3 in each.

Both competitions will work as follows: in each qualifying race (i.e the 4 Summer League fixtures + the County 10 mile road race) the first Courier home will gain 20 points, the 2nd 19 and so on. Points are totted up over the 5 races to give the overall positions. To be in with a chance you really need to do all 5.

I plan to present cups and medals at the Rowing Club following the 10 miler (before the main presentation)

Please make a note of the fixtures. Further details will be given nearer the time and, no doubt, the respective women’s and men’s captains, LISA RUCK and KEVIN BARNES will be in touch to get our strongest teams out. Lifts to venues will be available.

Let’s make these fixtures as red as the Croc. What a great addition the new red Couriers tent is!


– WED 13 JUNE 7:15pm; Summer League, High Vinnals (Ludlow) 
– WED 27 JUNE 7:30pm; Summer League, Abbey Dore (Golden Valley)
– WED 11 JULY: 7:30pm; Summer League, Westhope. (Fixture put on by the Couriers)
– WED 24 JULY: 7:30pm; Summer League, Shobdon. (Followed by league presentations)
– SUN 19 AUG; 10:00am; County 10 mile Champs, Enter here! Hosted by Wye Valley Runners.