COURIERS ONLINE 2020/21 MEMBERSHIP LAUNCHED

Join the fastest growing Running Club in Hereford. We are a friendly bunch of runners of all abilities, who enjoy road to trail and everything in between. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FOR 2020

As a club our base is Hereford Leisure Centre on Holmer Road, Our Club Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, We meet just inside the leisure centre in reception. We also work with a few local coaches and running groups so If you are looking for track, trail or something different, please let us know and we will put you in touch with them. 

We are far more than a running club, we have many socials throughout the year including the AGM, many of these events involve a few drinks – they are pretty popular amongst our club members & a great way of making new friends. 

As a club we organise a series of races which includes the Christmas 10k, the Westhope offroad race (part of the Herefordshire Summer offroad League) & new for 2020 we are proud to be the return of the 3 race 5k Series on one of the flattest road courses in the UK, We encourage our runners to take part & make the most of running in these races & for any reason you don’t we always have marshalling duties which need filling. 

We have a number of ways members can input into the development of the club, we have open club meetings and a very active facebook page as we feel the input of our members is key to the progress of the club. 

New for 2020, we have decided to lower our club membership age to 16 & if you are a member of Hereford & County Athletics Club (16+) you can join the Couriers for FREE! – Drop us an email for more information and a application form.

Membership fee for 2020 is £25 this gives you your club membership along with the Full England Athletics benefits, see the benefits of being a member below:

  • First claim Club Membership.
  • Join in with our ClubRuns and training.
  • Compete in Club colours with extra spectator support at local races.
  • Become part of a growing and vibrant team with a great social scene.
  • Option to take part and support the team in 4 summer & 5 winter races in the Herefordshire cross country league (all free of charge to compete in)
  • Have a say & input into how your club is run at club and AGM meetings.
  • Discounted entry (minimum £2 for England Athletics registered athletes)
  • Access to championship competitions for club athletes across numerous disciplines at a national, regional and local level. Road Relays, Cross Counties etc.
  • Eligibility to compete in national representative teams and at England Athletics age group level.
  • Exclusive offers and discounts from a range of England Athletics’ commercial partners.
  • Have an opportunity to apply for Club London Marathon place through club ballot.
  • Get listed on the power of 10.
  • New for 2020: Junior membership 16+ 
  • FREE Membership for Hereford & County Athletics Club Members who are 16+ (Drop us an email for an application form herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com
  • 2nd Claim members are welcome, £10 for the year drop us an email for an application form. 

Hereford Couriers is affiliated to England Athletics. if you are currently a first claim member of another club you will need to notify them of your resignation and if an affiliated athlete you will also need to complete an application to England Athletics for a change of first claim club for approval. If you need any further help with registration and change of club procedures or any other membership queries please contact us at herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

** Hereford Couriers membership year 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021, If you sign up to our club membership before 1st April 2020 your membership will run until 31st March 2021 your EA affiliation will be submitted in April 2020 at the start of club membership year**

COURIER WINTER CUP: THE FINAL STANDINGS

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the winter offroad series, Here are the final standings of the Winter Courier Cups.

WOODFORD GREEN CUP

  1. Jake Underhill – 73pts
  2. Ross Cameron – 69
  3. Matt James – 60
  4. Steve Herington – 48
  5. Tom Synge-Curtis – 38
  6. Richie Hughes – 34
  7. Ryan Lawrence – 30
  8. Kev Barnes – 26
  9. Paul Gilbert – 25
  10. Geoff Kay – 20
  11. Jon Barnes – 19
  12. Paul Jones – 18
  13. Dave Williams – 17
  14. Ryan Knight – 16
  15. Kyle Dovey – 14
  16. Graeme Walker – 12

JOHN NORTON TROPHY

  1. Amy Smith – 78pts
  2. Bryony Dean – 55
  3. Katie Synge-Curtis – 40
  4. Izzy Axford – 20
  5. Victoria Woodhall – 16

The cup and trophy, together with medals for the first three will be presented at the AGM on 6th March. 

Many congratulations to the six winners and indeed to everyone above who supported the club through this tough x-c series. 

Please let me know if I’ve made any mistakes. It’s always possible! Steve

Keep an eye out for news coming soon on this years Couriers Champions League!

CLUB AGM DATE SET

Save the date for our Club AGM.

  • Friday 6th March 2020.
  • Hereford Rugby Club.
  • 7pm.

Join us to celebrate and pick your hero’s of 2019, elect your club committee members & listen and input into our 2020 plans.

Followed by raffle, beers & a curry!

Let us know on our facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/310486449876733/ just so we know numbers 👍

Full agenda and final details to follow.

Winter Couriers Cups, the latest scores.

Latest leading standings from Steve after 4 races with just Presteigne to go here how things are looking

WOODFORD GREEN CUP

  1. Jake Underhill – 54pts
  2. Steve Herington – 48
  3. Matt James – 40
  4. Tom Synge-Curtis – 38
  5. Ross Cameron – 34

JOHN NORTON TROPHY

  1. Amy Smith – 78pts
  2. Katie Synge-Curtis – 40
  3. Bryony Dean – 36

Please advise of any errors. 

Thanks. 

Steve

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE 5k SERIES 2020

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE HEREFORD COURIERS 5K SPRING RACE SERIES

Enter Here: https://www.entrycentral.com/Hereford-5K-series

Chip Timed | Bespoke Medal | Fast & Flat Course

£18 (affiliated) £20 (unattached) for all 3 races

After a successful trial race in September 2019, The Couriers are pleased to announce the return of the Hereford Couriers 5k series in 2020, come join us on our new 2 lap course which is flatter (and we think faster) than our previous one. All 3 races will be chip timed & suitable for runners of all abilities, the route will be fully marked out and marshalled & we’ve even got a bespoke series medal for all finishers.

Everyone is welcome.

  • Race Dates: 
    • Wednesday 1st April
    • Wednesday 6th May 
    • Wednesday 3rd June
  • Starting Time: 7:15pm.
  • Entries: Entry Fees: £18.00 – Affiliated / £20.00 – Unattached. Race Limit 400, Minimum age 12. Entry is for the series as a whole with no option for individual race entries. If you wish to do just one race, you must still enter for the series. ENTRY IS IN ADVANCE ONLY, STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON THE EVENING. 
  • Venue: Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford. HR4 9QU.
  • Facilities/ Parking: Hereford Racecourse is race HQ & start, has adequate parking, This is where race bib numbers will be collected on the day from 5pm. BIB NUMBERS MUST BE KEPT FOR ALL 3 RACES.  
  • Distance/ Terrain: 5k – Road with short gravel track.
  • Course Details: The route is on open roads – albeit through a quiet housing estate, the route is very flat and fast (Ideal for that PB), the course is suitable for runners of all abilities. Full UK Athletics race licence, Licence number to follow.
  • Prizes: Presentations at Hereford Racecourse on 3rd and final race. Series prizes in usual categories – 5 year vet age bands with one prize rule max per person, including M/F U15 & U17. Team prize for first men’s and women’s team – 3 to count. All three races need to be run to qualify for awards.
  • Medals: We have a bespoke medal for all runners who complete all 3 races. 
  • Results: Will be uploaded to http://www.herefordcouriers.com post race & visit https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/5k-series-2020/ for more details & course route elevation.

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.

HEREFORD COURIERS CHRISTMAS 10k RESULTS

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our first Christmas 10k yesterday, please find the provisional results listed below

The results are currently provisional, if you do have any queries please get intouch via email herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

A big thankyou to our army of volunteers, not just those who helped on the day but all the people who have helped out and supported to make yesterday happen, without all of your work we would not be able to host these events.

A special mention to Mark Davies and Hereford Rugby Club for being hosts for the race & to Hereford Cathedral School who allowed us to to use their sports venue for additional parking.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we have enjoyed hosting it, If you have any feedback on the race please let us know. We plan on returning next December to make the race an annual fixture on the race calendar.

We have placed an order this morning for additional medals so if you did not receive one, one will be on its way to you. We’ve also got some category prizes we will get these out in the post to you.

Finally, entries to the Hereford Couriers 5k Spring Road Series are now open you can find out more about the race & to enter by visiting https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/5k-series-2020/

CHRISTMAS 10k FINAL RACE DAY DETAILS

CHRISTMAS 10K FINAL RACE DAY INSTRUCTIONS

Please note the race HQ is Hereford Rugby Club (Not Hereford Rowing Club which was race HQ when Wye Valley Runners hosted the race)

Here is a reminder of some key race information:

  • Venue: The venue & race headquarters for the race is Hereford Rugby Club, Belvedere Lane, Hereford HR4 0PH
  • Facilities: The Rugby Club have both male & female changing facilities available for use.
  • Parking: Parking will be at race HQ (We have an overflow parking at Hereford Cathedral School sports centre next door) please car share where possible & park where instructed. 
  • Number Collection: You will need to collect your number on race day, we will not be posting out numbers prior to the race, collect your numbers on the day from 9:15am until 10:45am.
  • Bag Drop: We have a dedicated secure bag drop off point at the Rugby Club, please pick up your race number prior to dropping off your bag as your race number will also your bag drop number. 
  • On the day entries: If you have friends, relatives or team mates who decide at the last minute they fancy as run we are allowing on the day entries, entries will be 9:15am and will close at 10:30am prompt £13.00 Affiliated £15.00 Unattached, Cash only – We do not have the facilities to take card payments. 
  • Start Time: 11:00am on Great Weston Way (50yds from race HQ)
  • Course: The route is on open roads – albeit on quiet lanes, A mildly undulating route. Please visit https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/christmas-10k/ for the course map. 
  • Marshalls & First Aid: The race will have plenty of marshalls out on the course along with yellow directional arrows. Please listen to marshalls instructions they are out on the course for your safety. We also have a number of first aiders available. 
  • Distance Markers: You will see markers at every KM out on the course.
  • Water Station: We will have one water station on the route. You will be pleased to know that you will pass it twice at approx 3km & 7km points.
  • Pre-Race Briefing: All runners need to attend pre-race briefing this will be held just before the start of the race at 10:55 on Great Weston Way. 
  • Race start: Due to the high volumes of entries (we could well have over 300+ runners on the day) we are expecting the start area to be busy and may get congested, with this in mind please respect marshalls instructions, be aware of the public (as the race starts on a wide public footpath) & be mindful of fellow runners especially when picking your position in the starting pack. 
  • Race Finish: The race finishes in the same place as the start, We will have a funnel system in place so please stay in the order you’ve finished in until you have received your finishers medal. If you want to support your teammates and fellow finishers please keep on the left of the footpath & not blocking the vision of the timekeepers.
  • Spectators: If you have friends, family or team mates who want to come along and support we recommend that the best place to watch the start & get some great photos is just before the bridge on Great Weston Way on the first bend as runners head onto Breinton Road.
  • Prizes: Each finisher will receive a festive medal at the end of the race, Presentations of prizes will be at Hereford Rugby Club around 12.30pm or as soon as the race . Prizes in usual categories – 5 year vet age bands with one prize rule max per person. Team prize for first men’s and women’s team – 3 to count.
  • Results: Results will be available to view post race, they will also be displayed on the club website www.herefordcouriers.com
  • Post Race: Please join us for a festive post race drink too, the bar at the Rugby Club will be open for a friendly drink & food with your fellow finishers, why not bring the family along too!  
  • Extra information & updates: for any last minute updates please check out facebook page www.facebook.com/HerefordCouriersRaces

Finally, a big thankyou for signing up for Sunday’s race, this is our first year of hosting the Christmas 10k we have been overwhelmed by the entries and support the race has received. 

Have a lovely Christmas, 

From everyone at Hereford Couriers RC.

CHRISTMAS 10K ON THE DAY ENTRY DETAILS

HEREFORD COURIERS ARE DELIGHTED TO HOST THE CHRISTMAS 10K ROAD RACE

Sunday 29th December 2019 11am Start

On the day entry details

  • Registration opens at 9:15am and will close at 10:30am prompt for on the day entries.
  • All on the day entrants will have to complete an on the day entry form which will be available at registration on race day.
  • Entry fee’s as follows:
    • £13.00 Affiliated (Please come along with your EA/WA/SA URN number to hand)
    • £15.00 Unattached (No Club)
    • Cash only – We do not have the facilities to take card payments.

Race Details

When you’ve eaten far too much turkey, bored of the same old Christmas TV and you’ve already planned  your new year’s festivities, there can only be one thing left to do…… take part in a good old fashioned Christmas road race around the country lanes of Brienton, Herefordshire.

The Couriers have decided to take over the New Years Day 10k from our friends at Wye Valley Runners, with a bit of a date change and a new race HQ we are pleased to present the CHRISTMA10k!

Do not worry, it’s the same great course, a mildly undulating route, the course is suitable for runners of all abilities, the route will be full marked out and marshalled with a water station at the midway point & we’ve even got a festive medal for every finisher.

Everyone is welcome.

  • Race Date: Sunday 29th December 2019.
  • Starting Time: 11:00am on Great Weston Way.
  • Entries: Entry Fees: £11.00 – Affiliated / £13.00 – Unattached (£13 / £15 on the day subject to availability) Race Limit 500, Minimum age 16.
  • Venue: Hereford Rugby Club, Belvedere Lane, Hereford HR4 0PH.
  • Facilities/ Parking: Hereford Rugby Club is event HQ (50yds from start) has adequate parking (please car share where possible), changing & refreshments, Please stay for a post race festive drink. This is where race bib numbers will be collected on the day from 9am. 
  • Distance/ Terrain: 10k – Road.
  • Course Details: The route is on open roads – albeit on quiet lanes, A mildly undulating route, the course is suitable for runners of all abilities. Formally known as Wye Valley Runners New Years Day 10k, Full UK Athletics race licence, Licence number: 2019-39442.
  • Prizes: Presentations at Hereford Rugby Club around 12.30pm. Prizes in usual categories – 5 year vet age bands with one prize rule max per person. Team prize for first men’s and women’s team – 3 to count.
  • Post Race: Please join us for a festive post race drink too, the bar at the Rugby Club will be open for a friendly drink & food with your fellow finishers, why not bring the family along too!  

Route

Elevation

Terms And Conditions

  • The entrant must agree to the following terms and conditions.
  • This event is to be held under UK Athletics rules. Race Licence applied for. The entrant agrees to abide by the rules of the event and that the officials’ decision is final.
  • The entrant confirms that they have no medical disability that would endanger themselves or others by taking part (and will not run if unfit to do so on the day).
  • The entrant understands that the organisers will not be liable for any loss, damage, injury or illness howsoever caused as a result of entering the race.  The entrant agrees that during the race they will obey marshals’ instructions. No dogs will be allowed on the course.
  • If for any reason beyond our control the race has to be cancelled on the day (“Act of god” Flooding, Accidents, incidents etc) we cannot guarantee a full refund or that the race will be rescheduled.  We are not an official events company and are not making any money from hosting this event and all profits are going to charity. We will however do everything possible to resolve any unfortunate situation.

Any futher queries or questions please email us herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

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