Next Up: Shobdon XC 25th July.

RACE 3 – SHOBDON, HEREFORDSHIRE. 25th JULY (19:15) 

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HOSTED BY CROFT AMBREY RC

The postcode for the race venue is HR6 9LZ, but you are probably better off just using signs pointing you to the race HQ from the B4362 when you near the village. If you are approaching from the west your sat nav will try to take you up a drive which is blocked by electronically operated gates and bollards. screen-shot-2018-07-12-at-16-26-17.png

*** PLEASE PARK AS INDICATED BY THE PARKING MARSHALLS & CAR SHARE IF POSSIBLE ***

PLEASE BRING YOUR NUMBERS FROM RACE 1 AS THEY LAST THE FULL SERIES. 

The course will be slightly shorter this year, missing out the short woodland climb in the arboretum, due to fallen trees.

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Westhope Cross Country Confirmed.

The Herefordshire Summer off road league race originally scheduled to be held at Westhope on Wednesday 11th July will now become the 4th and final race in the 2018 series and will be hosted by the Couriers on WEDNESDAY 8th AUGUST STARTING AT 7:15pm.

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DIRECTIONS; The venue is sign-posted off the A4110 at Bushbank, approximately 7 miles north of Hereford.

 

*** PLEASE CAR SHARE & PARK WHERE ADVISED. ***

THE COURSE IS:

  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of top orchard then
  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of bottom orchard then
  • 1 Lap clockwise of top orchard.

The course is undulating, mainly grassed tracks, around perimeter of orchards  (Highlighted in blue on the map below) There is a minor road crossing dividing top and bottom orchards. First aid will be on stand-by and refreshments will be available following the race.

RACE DISTANCE; 5.2 miles.

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Andy & Mike hot on the trails.

Couriers Andy Tyler & Mike Link raced the Fan Y Big horseshoe race over 10 miles (2,200 ft) up Fan Y Big in the Brecon Beacons National Park on Saturday 7th June, on one of the hottest days of the year so far.Screen Shot 2018-07-09 at 16.16.47.png

The race which started in the village Llanfrynach, went onto fields with plenty of stiles and gates whilst making the climb up towards Cefn Cyff then on to the summit of the Fan Y Big. At the midway point Mike was in a strong 37th place reaching the peak in 52:48 with Andy close behind in 40th passing the summit 53:15. After the runners hit true high point of the race (754m) start the long descent in towards Bryn which is very technical in places. Andy finished the race in 34th (1:39:03) With 3 miles left to race Mike had a fall ending up with a red chin to match his red vest but was able to dust himself off to finish in 36th (1:39:46) as a result Mike had to pop to A&E in Hereford for a post-race checkover & he still managed watch England.

Great to get a few red vests over the boarder at this event, who’s up for it next year?…..

Couriers win top team in Dorstone.

Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 17.39.09On July 1st a team of Red’s baked in the Sunshine whilst taking on the Dorstone Dawdle, a 10k multi-terrain race starting and finishing in the small Herefordshire village.

Shaun Fitzpatrick made his first appearance in the red vest finishing in an impressive 10th place in 48.49 , Shaun was joined by Mike Link who stumbled his way to 5th place in 46.23 with Jake Underhill & Darren Broady not too far behind coming in 6th (47.10) & 8th (47.51).Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 17.38.53.png

With all 4 Couriers coming in the top 10 the red’s picked up the team prize which was a selection of ciders donated by the Pandy Inn went down a treat post race!

Well done Red’s

Next Up: Westhope XC 11th July.

HEREFORDSHIRE SUMMER CROSS COUNTRY RACE 3; WESTHOPE, HEREFORDSHIRE. 11th JULY (19:15)

Screen Shot 2018-06-14 at 09.36.08The Hereford Couriers are pleased to welcome everyone back to Westhope this summer for the 3rd race of the Herefordshire summer xc league.

DIRECTIONS; The venue is sign-posted off the A4110 at Bushbank, approximately 7 miles north of Hereford.

*** PLEASE CAR SHARE & PARK WHERE ADVISED. ***

THE COURSE IS:

  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of top orchard then
  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of bottom orchard then
  • 1 Lap clockwise of top orchard.

The course is undulating, mainly grassed tracks, around perimeter of orchards  (Highlighted in blue on the map below) There is a minor road crossing dividing top and bottom orchards. First aid will be on stand-by and refreshments will be available following the race.

RACE DISTANCE; 5.2 miles.

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Herefordshire Summer Cross Country League Results Race 2 – Abbey Dore

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Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Abbey Dore cross country race last night, It was a hot and sticky encounter with plenty of hills to keep us occupied! however it was great to see so many red vests turn out again. Please see the race results below;

Thank-you to our hosts Wye Valley Runners for putting on a another great event.


NEXT UP; RACE 3 WESTHOPE, HEREFORDSHIRE. 11th JULY 

The venue is sign-posted off the A4110 at Bushbank, approximately 7 miles north of Hereford. Please car share and park where advised.

The Course is:

  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of top orchard then
  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of bottom orchard then
  • 1 Lap clockwise of top orchard.

Race distance is 5.2 miles.

The course is undulating, mainly grassed tracks, around perimeter of orchards. There is a minor road crossing dividing top and bottom orchards. First aid will be on stand-by and refreshments will be available following the race.

Paul excels on the trails.

Race report by Paul Jones on his recent success at the Trail Middle Distance Championships. 

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Paul & his daughter Charlotte. 

Bit out of ordinary for me as I much prefer road but this weekend tackled the North Downs 30km trail race, for an extra incentive (and encouraged by Jon who seems to have more faith in my ability than I do) entered it through the British Masters Athletics to try and medal in the Trail Middle distance v45 championship. Outside chance but a chance..
Race started at 10.30 and it was already very hot.
The course was very tough…. Lots of hills, gates and styles. But such a great mix of single track across fields of crops, fields of grass, lovely villages and lots of wooded areas. Even some steps to kill the legs some more. Heat was draining, saw some not making the finish, and last few water stations I stopped to make sure I got fluids and sponges. Even then last few miles were rough. Just keep moving forward.
Finished 33 Rd out of 500 + finishers. ( 4th v45) Think it was 660 entered.
2 hrs 19 minutes.
Prize giving…. Nice trophies, the BMAF official presented medals… I was not in top 3. Sort of disappointed but happy with performance.
4 hrs travel home..
Results out so look through and realise something looked wrong.
Contacted BMAF to confirm

And it turns out a mistake was made..
I was 3rd in BMAF Middle Distance Trail Championship
Just got to wait for my medal now 🤐

Best thing on day
Charlotte tackling another race, starting right at the front 😎😎. In her 1km race she came 2nd.

Red hot Couriers enjoy the Swansea sun.

A team of reds took on the challenge of the Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 25th June, under sunny skies as temperatures climbed throughout the 13.1 miles. The race started in the city centre and went out along the seafront out to the mumbles and back.Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 17.51.33 With the race starting at 9am it was a 5:45 start from Hereford for the Couriers who traveled down together in a mini-bus kindly supplied by Vertu Volkswagen, Hereford.

As the temperatures soared so did the Red’s  performances with many of the team picking up new personal best times. Matt James was the first red vest through the finish line in 1:22:32 (64th Place), Ryan Knight joined the sub90 club with a fantastic personal best run of 1:28:51 (167th), Jake Underhill continues to get closer to the sub90 chipping another couple of minutes off his personal best to record a time of 1:32:44 with Dave Williams only 10 seconds behind with a great run in 1:32:54, Ben Skinner was another red to PB taking his best down to 1:34:43 & Jim Smith smashed his pre-race target of 1:40 to record a new PB of 1:38:37.

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Happy faces post race.

Clare Mallender picked up another sub 1:40 time being the first lady courier home in 1:39:20, Sheryl Evans ran well on her first long race since the London Marathon came 11th in her category in 1:40:32 (Sheryl you must attract these hot races!). Another personal best was recorded when Kerry Wathen crossed the line smashing her previous in 1:43:30 & David Green had another solid run to stop the watch on 1:48:45.

A great day racing for the reds in tricky conditions, it was a really orgainsed event with plenty of support & extra water stations due to the heat – one for next years race calendar. Well done to all who completed (a good little warm up for Wednesdays Cross Country race) & many thanks again to Vertu Volkswagen, Hereford who supplied the team with a mini-bus for the journey.

FULL RESULTS HERE;

Pos Name Chip Time Category Cat Pos
64 Matt James 1:22:32 SenM 42
167 Ryan Knight 1:28:51 SenM 103
250 Jake Underhill 1:32:44 MV40 57
255 David Williams 1:32:54 MV50 20
312 Ben Skinner 1:34:43 SenM 184
455 Jim Smith 1:38:37 MV40 412
499 Clare Mallender 1:39:20 FV35 20
527 Sheryl Evans 1:40:32 FV45 11
684 Kerry Wathen 1:43:30 FV35 28
1019 David Green 1:48:45 MV50 102

Next up: Abbey Dore XC

RACE 2; ABBEY DORE, HEREFORDSHIRE. WEDNESDAY 27th JUNE (19:30)

Screen Shot 2018-06-18 at 21.59.34Our neighbours Wye Valley Runners welcome us back to Abbey Dore for race 2 of the Herefordshire summer cross country league race starting at 7:30pm prompt.

Plenty of parking – with a short walk to the start, so please arrive in plenty of time. The roads here were built for horses, not cars, so please drive carefully. A465from Hereford to Abergavenny. Turn right opposite Wormbridge church, sign posted Abbey Dore. Continue and straight over crossroads to T junction, then follow the arrows.

POSTCODE; HR2 0JQ. Directions here: https://goo.gl/lBpsnI

PLEASE BRING YOUR NUMBERS FROM RACE 1 AS THEY LAST THE FULL SERIES. 

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