322 runners take on Couriers festive 10k race

An impressive turnout for the very first Christmas 10k saw James Bingham, of Cheltenham Harriers & Sarah Mackness, of Notts AC blow away those festive cobwebs by clinching victories in the 10-kilometre race, hosted by Hereford Couriers. 

The race had 322 runners, over 100 more finishers than the previous new years day 10k, who took part in the event around the rolling country lanes near Breinton 

Bingham had an impressive run & crossed the line to set a winning time of 33 minutes and 12 seconds, well over a minute ahead of 2nd place Malachi Cashmore, of Worcester AC who finished in a time of 34 mins and 47 with Hereford Couriers veteran Barry Reynolds close behind to finish in 3rd place crossing the line in 35 minutes and 09 seconds. 

In the females race Mackness, of Notts AC won in a terrific sub 40 minute time of 39 minutes and 56 seconds, finishing 31 seconds ahead of Jaydee Peters, of Woking AC who finished in a time of 40 minutes and 27 seconds & the top 3 was completed by local runner Gemma Mallett of Croft Ambrey who finished in a time of 40 minutes and 51 Seconds. 

Hereford Couriers did the double in the team awards picking up both the men’s and women’s prizes, Barry Reynolds, Matt James & Andy Tyler took a clear victory in the men’s team competition & solid performances from Naomi Prosser, Sheryl Evans & Clare Mallender helping the ladies in red clinch the women’s team prize 

There was also a host of category prizes for the veteran and junior sections.

Mike Link, chair of Hereford Couriers said “Sunday’s race has just proved how much Herefordshire running is booming, to get 322 runners of all abilities out on a very undulating course is pleasing to see, we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of interest & support for the race, considering we only opened entries early November. Thank you to our team members, volunteers & the excellent hospitality of Hereford Rugby Club for helping us make Sunday happen.”

Mike went on to say “If you raced on Sunday or just looking to join a friendly bunch of runners come along to our ever popular social run every Tuesday 6:30pm at Hereford Leisure Centre”

Next up for the Couriers is hosting the return of the popular 3-race 5k Race Series with the first race in April visit https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/5k-series-2020/ for more details.