The 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.