During this third week of Coronavirus lockdown, the first ever ‘Virtual’ National Road Relay Championships (VNRRC) has proved a surprisingly compelling distraction for Hereford Couriers Club Members.

This year’s Virtual replacement for the England Running Association national relays had over 5,000 competitors which for the first time, every club in Britain could ‘run’ the National Road Relay using the online platform Strava.

The competition was fierce with many of the UK’s best road runners taking part, It was great to see the Hereford Couriers representing and flying the flag for Herefordshire.

In the men’s 12-stage relay, the Couriers finished in 92nd place in a time of 3:44:39, Ben Skinner recorded the quickest time of 17:16, Ben was joined by Jake Underhill 17:39, Barry Reynolds 17:42 Dean Jones and Andy Tyler 17:49 who all went under the 18 minute barrier. Will Maul (18:00), Darren Broady (18:07), Liam Tosh (18:18) & Paul Jones (18:49) had solid solo runs who were joined by Jon Edwards (20:38), Graeme Walker (20:59) & Mark Hookins (21:33) to make the 12-man team.

The Couriers men’s veteran team of Jake, Barry, Andy, Liam, Paul and Graeme finished in 34th place in a time of 1:51:16.

The women’s 6-stage event the clubs females finished in 83rd place in an overall time of 2:13:59, The first Courier was the ever improving Izzy Axford who finished in 21:09, who was joined by Sheryl Evans (21:50), Izzie Seal (22:01), Kerry Wathen (22:31), Becky Eversham (23:03) & Aisling Freeth (23:25) to make up the 6-female team.

Other club members who supported the club and got involved were, Bronwen Tyler-Jones (24:32) Jake Cullum-Hollins (24:51), Paul Gilbert (26:28) & Stephen Hobson (30:15).

The event has raised more than £7,000 for NHS Charities, It turned out to be a much needed focus for the Club’s runners.