A group of speedy reds headed to Telford on Sunday with the aim to bring 2018 to the end with 10k PB’s. The race which is billed as not just one of the regions quickest and flattest course but it is listed as one of the best in the country hosted by Telford A.C.
The race which attracts some of the quickest runners in the country did not disappoint with 17 runners finishing the 2 lap race along the flat course in under 30 minutes.
The Couriers finished the year in style with some superb times to note, Matt James improving on his recent Leeds time finished in 35.05, Ryan Knight moved down to the shorter 10k distance and brought his new best time down to 38.07. Ryan Lawrence had a super run to pick up a well deserved new lifetime best in 40.52.
Sheryl Evans was the first Courier lady home in a fantastic time of 43.21, closely followed over the finishing line by Clare Mallender in a time of 43.54. Becky Eversham & Kerry Wathen finished the year maintaining their great form to pick up personal bests in 44.54 & 45.36. Kev Barnes had a good run out finishing in 50.21.
As we near the end of 2018 and with the majority of races done for the year, We just wanted to take the opportunity to share some of the fantastic things we’ve achieved throughout the year, and we know there are so many more!
A big thank-you to our team, its you lot that make the Couriers what it is.
Roll on 2019, We’re just getting started….
Hereford Couriers have put their support behind a local campaign to create a sculpture in honour of John Tarrant with a £250 donation.
Tarrant was known as the ‘Ghost Runner’ as he was never officially recognised by the authorities because he accepted £17 as a teenager boxer, which meant that the Amateur Athletic Association banned him from taking part in any races.
But John, would often defy the rules and would turn up – and then win – the races he was barred from entering. He even broke the world record at both 40 and 100 miles.
Tarrants legacy lives on through the Hereford Ghost Runners training group who meet every Monday evening at Hereford Leisure Centre coached by Nicola Tyler and Lisa Ruck with many of the senior runners who have progressed to run for many clubs across Hereford.
Club chairperson Mike Link said “Hereford Couriers Running club owe so much to the Hereford Ghost Runners, we would not be the vibrant club that we are today without the close bond we have, much of the success of our club has come directly from the legacy that John Tarrant has left behind including the athletes that were initially coached by John’s brother Vic. Those very same athletes have become the coaches of the Ghost Runners in Nicola and Lisa, with many Couriers benefitting & improving from the Ghost Runners training group we felt it was only right show our thanks and support to a project that not only honours the greatest running athlete to run the streets of hereford but also to a symbol of inspiration for future runners”
Nicola Tyler added “I’m overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the Hereford Couriers who’s donation and support has been fantastic towards the Ghost Runner campaign, the sculpture will continue to inspire runners of all ages in Hereford for years to come, The sculpture is really making some great progress”
Photo courtesy of Chris Smart.
Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Rotherwas cross country race today.
Fantastic results team, Mens coming in 2nd & the ladies in 4th.
Some very fine individual performances too, well done reds.
Please see the race results below;
Thank-you to our hosts Hereford Tri-Club for putting on a another great event.
Next up Queenswood – 6th January – Full details to follow.
Come join our weekly social run from Hereford Leisure Centre every Tuesday starting 4th December.
The free weekly run will be approximately 5k being lead by one of our friendly club members at the pace that suits the whole group meaning no-one gets left behind. You do not have to be a club member so come give it a go.
The meet up point is just inside the Leisure Centre in the cafe area where the run leader will share the run route before getting on our way.
With the darker evenings please wear light/bright colours and if you have a head torch please bring it along.
Any question please drop us a email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Hereford Couriers we’re welcoming new members to join the Reds for a bargain price of £5 for the remaining club membership year meaning there is no better time to join the team.
There are great advantages to joining the Club:
- Training with fellow runners
- Seeing improvement in your performances
- Great way to get fit without those gym membership prices
- Competing (if you wish) in Herefordshire winter and summer cross-country leagues (which is free for all club members)
- Join our ClubRuns every Tuesday & Thursdays (with other training options available)
- A great social scene!
Reduced Membership Prices: 23rd November 2018 – 31st March 2019.
- First Claim Membership – £5
- England Athletics Affiliation (Optional) -£15
Download an application form here:
Hereford Couriers Membership Form
you can pay via cheque or via online (please email us for online details) any queries please contact: email@example.com
** Between Friday 23rd November 2018 & Sunday 31st March 2019 we have reduced our club membership to £5 per member. Prices will revert back to the usual £10 club membership from 1st April 2019**
Hereford Couriers were represented at the annual British and Irish Masters International Cross Country Championships this year by Steve Herington, competing in the 70 – 74 age group in a six kilometer race.
The event was held on a beautifully sunny day over an undulating course in Singleton Park, Swansea and featured races for male and female athletes in five year categories from 35 – 75 + years of age.
England dominated the team races, winning every category bar one. In the male 70 – 74 section, the four man team took gold convincingly, led home by the individual victor, Ben Grant, from Harrogate. Couriers’ Herington had a somewhat below par run, after illness, closing the team in eighth spot, but was pleased to medal.
“I intend to improve with age,” quipped the hirsute Hereford septuagenarian.
A team of Couriers took on the undulating 10 mile course around the Elan Valley on Saturday with many of the reds picking up superb personal best performances in a competitive field of close to 200 runners.
The race started up on by the top of the Caban Coch Dam gave runners a picturesque first mile down hill towards the visitor centre, The race then took runners out on a loop around the hilly roads around the Carn Gafallt before returning to the finish at the Elan Valley Visitors Centre.
The first Courier to finish was the ever improving Ryan Knight who brought his 10 mile PB down to 1:05:15 to finish in a fantastic 4th place, Andy Tyler was hot on Ryans heels putting in a great performance in a time of 1:05:50 for a new PB in 6th place, next up was Tim Taylor who finished in 12th place in a time of 1:06:45 with Ben Skinner picking up a new best time of 1:11:58 finishing in 24th place.
Clare Mallender was the first Courier lady home knocking over 4 minutes off her time from last year finishing 54th in a time of 1:16:52 closely followed by the ever improving Hannah Watkins who finished 4 places behind in 58th – 1:18:09.
Kev Barnes finished in a time of 1:26:36 in 102nd place, with Alan Rowlands close to spot on in his pre-race prediction of 1:30:00 in a time of 1:29:31.
A very well organised race by Rhayader Running Club with many of the reds agreeing that they will be back to take this on again next year!
Recent recruit Bobby Pritchard took part in the Caer-Hilly Trail Challenge on Sunday, the race was far from a gentle Sunday run & wasn’t for the faint hearted.
The trail challenge covers over 305 meters of climbing, took runners over scenic fields, up rocky pathways, through bogs, over sties and dodging low hanging branches along the 5.5mile course.
Bobby finished in 16th place in a time of 44.01.
Welcome to the Reds Bobby!
Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Croft Castle cross country race yesterday.
Please see the race results below;
Thank-you to our hosts Croft Ambrey RC & the National Trust Croft Castle for putting on a another great event.
Next up Rotherwas – 2nd December (As flat as a pancake!) full details here: https://herefordcouriers.com/racing/crosscountrywinterleague/
As you are probably all aware that the (delayed) winter cross country season kicks off tomorrow at Croft Castle, We’re taking a moment to look back at previous years races and the fun we’ve had.
The Herefordshire Cross Country League is free to enter for all our club members, there are plenty of benefits to running in these races.
- Having a strong offroad winter season can put you in a great place for the road season next year
- Your race position goes towards points towards the Winter Couriers Cups!
- Contribute to the team with your points going towards the overall Couriers team standings
- Mud is great for the your skin.
- You might even like it! 🙂