Winter Courier Cups 2018/19

Well done all you Couriers who competed in the Herefordshire x-c Series just concluded, after 5 tough winter races. Especially well done to those who competed in all of them. It was a great battle for the John Norton Trophy, with Clare edging past Hannah after Hannah had had the better of the early exchanges. Superb running from both. In the Woodford Green Cup, Ryan raced consistently well throughout after some of the early leaders dropped away. Silverware and medals for the top three will be presented at Sunday’s AGM. 


  • 1. Clare Mallender 97
  • 2. Hannah Watkins 95
  • 3. Aisling Freeth 52


  • 1. Ryan Lawrence 77
  • 2. Ben Skinner 63
  • 3. Kevin Barnes 58
  • 4. Mike Link 55
  • 5. Will Maul 54
  • 6. Ross Cameron 53

Please let me know of any errors.. before the AGM if possible! 

Steve Herington


Herefordshire Winter Cross Country Results, Race 5: Presteigne

Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the final race of the Winter 2018/19 Herefordshire Cross Country League.

Please see the race results below

Overall Series Results

Thank-you to our hosts Presteigne Pacers with the support of Hay Hotfooters for putting on a great race, & also a special mention to Mike Blenkinsop for organising another successful XC league.

Herefordshire Winter Cross Country Results, Race 4: Fforest Fields.

Congratulations to all the runners who braved the ice and snow to take part in the Fforest Fields cross country race today.

Please see the race results below;

Thank-you to our hosts Builth & District Running Club for organising todays race.

Next up Presteigne – 24th February.

Midland Cross Country Championships Report

Midland Cross Country Championships report by Steve Herington, Leamington Saturday 26th January 2019

Couriers sadly did not have a team in either the men’s or women’s events – unlike our rivals, Wye Valley, who were well represented in both races. Oddly, Cheltenham, like us, failed to field a men’s team. On a damp, mild afternoon, 263 women from all corners of the Midlands set off on a tough 5 mile course, featuring a good mix of speedy grassland and, on each of the two laps, a pair of tough climbs and a couple of muddy brooks to negotiate.

Courier, Naomi Prosser, had a brilliant run in 65th, in 37.22, less than half a minute down on WVR’s leading runners, Laura Tootell and Jodie Newell. A real shame that she has not been available for the Hereford League, as she would surely be in the scrap for individual honours. The men’s race was three of the same laps, totalling 7.5 miles. Steve Herington was our only representative, finishing under the hour, in 311th of 403 but having the consolation of taking the M70 Championship nearly a minute clear of his nearest rival. 

Maybe next year we can field full teams in the event, showing off the talent we have in our ranks. 

PB’s for Reds on Speedy 10k

A group of 6 Couriers charged down to Chepstow for the winter Speedway 10k on Sunday with the all of them coming away with personal best times on the popular 2 loop flat course, with 4 of the field finish under 30 minutes, the conditions we’re great for racing and idea for recording them quick times.

Andy Tyler was the first Red vest to cross the finishing line in his first road 10k storming to a fantastic time of 36:54, Ryan Knight had another solid run building on this recent Telford 10k PB by bringing his best time down to 37:37. Chris Cleary and Ben Skinner build on recent New Years Day 10k performances with Chris out getting the better of Ben in the final part of the race to finish in 37:58 with Ben in 38:07. Jake Underhill knocked a minute off his previous best to finish in a time of 38:37 as preparation for his London Marathon quest in April continues. Izzie Seal was our only female red out on show put in a new best time of 46:39 a great reward for a few solid weeks of training.

The full results can be found here:

2019 Club Membership fee’s released.

Here at Hereford Couriers we’ve released our Club Membership fee’s for 2019 ahead of the new membership year that commences on 1st April, This year we are offering 2 membership options that suit runners of all abilities.  

Couriers Social Club Membership – £10 a year  

This includes:

  • 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)
  • Have a say & input into how your club is run at club and AGM meetings.

Couriers Full EA Membership – £20 (full England Athletics Affiliation)

This is our preferred membership option & this includes: 

  • All of the Couriers Social Membership Benefits listed above, Plus full England Athletics Affiliation
  • 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.

Download an application form here:

Hereford Couriers 2019 Application Form

you can pay via cheque or via online (please email us for online details) any queries please contact:

** Hereford Couriers membership year 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020, If you sign up to our club membership before 1st April 2019 your membership will run until 31st March 2020 your EA affiliation will be submitted in April 2019 at the start of club membership year**

Courier Winter cups, the standings so far…..

It’s all hotting up, with three of the five fixtures gone. We have had 21 men and seven women run one or more races, a fantastic turn-out. A special shout for Hannah who, to maintain her top spot, ran Queenswood when she was under the weather (and probably should not have done!), finishing wearing a coat she’d picked up en route! 

Leading standings:

  • 1st. Hannah Watkins – 57pts
  • 2nd. Clare. Mallender – 57
  • 3rd. Aisling Freeth – 52
  • 4th. Amy Smith – 37


  • 1st. Jake Underhill – 46pts         
  • 2nd. Ben Skinner – 44
  • 3rd. Ryan Lawrence – 42
  • 4th. Barry Reynolds – 40
  • 5th. Mike Link – 40
  • 6th. Matt James – 38
  • 7th. Will Maul – 35

Well done all the above and the rest of us pushing them on! More points to be grabbed at Fforest Fields 3rd Feb (or Ffeb, if you like.) 


Herefordshire Winter Cross Country Results, Race 3: Queenswood

couriers queenswoodCongratulations to all the runners who took part in the Queenswood cross country race today.

Please see the race results below;

Thank-you to our hosts Wye Valley Runners for organising todays race.

Next up FForest Fields – 3rd February – Full details are on here: Herefordshire XC Winter League

New Year, same great performances.

Couriers NYDA team of Couriers took on the annual New Years Day Wye Valley 10k, hosted by our neighbours New Valley Runners. The conditions we’re great for racing, it was a great opportunity to burn off those Christmas calories or blow away those new years’ hangovers.

We had 18 reds taking on the undulating course which started on Great Western Way before looping around the hilly roads of Breinton, The Couriers performed well picking up prizes and PB’s on a tough course. Barry Reynolds had another great run to finish in 2nd place in a time of 34:27, Naomi Prosser finished strong in 30th place in a time of 43:03 to pick up the 3rd lady prize, Steve Herington had a good run finishing in 65th place overall and 1st +Vet 70 Male in a time of  46:46. Barry was joined by Bobby Prichard (6th) and Liam Tosh (10th) to receive the men’s team prize.

Full Team Results 

  • 2nd – Barry Reynolds 34:27
  • 6th – Bobby Prichard 36:51
  • 10th – Liam Tosh 37:54
  • 19th – Chris Cleary 39:40
  • 20th – Ben Skinner 39:41
  • 30th – Naomi Prosser 43:03
  • 33rd – Ryan Knight 43:17
  • 34th – Kev Rowe 43:19
  • 41st – Ryan Lawrence 44:13
  • 48th – Dave Williams 44:57
  • 65th – Steve Herington 46:46
  • 73rd – Hannah Watkins 47:17
  • 78th – Kelly Marshall 47:37
  • 100th – Alan Rowlands 50:10
  • 109th – Izzie Seal 51:34
  • 118th – Kev Barnes 52:57
  • 146th – Neil Lewis 56:24
  • 181st – Sarah Bowring 1:08:15

A big thankyou to Wye Valley Runner for another well organised local race, see the full results here: New Years Day 10k Full Results

A great little warm-up for Sunday, trail shoes at the ready – next up Queenswood XC!