VIRTUALLY RUNNING HEREFORD RACE WEEK.

Hereford Couriers are proud to announce Virtually RUNNING Hereford Race Week.

During week of 4th May that would have been RUN Hereford the club have decided to organise virtual 5k, 10k and Half Marathon races helping raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice

Full results will be created for each race along with online certificates for all finishers and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male & female over each distance.

Its might not be the races we want but it is an opportunity for everyone to get out competing.

Full details can be found on our dedicated event webpage along with how to enter & t+c’s ⤵️ https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/virtuallyrunninghereford/

LET’S ‘KEEP HEREFORDSHIRE RUNNING’ GROUP LAUNCHED.

Here at the club we are pleased launch the ‘Keep Herefordshire Running’ Strava club, this group is aimed to help, support and keep everyone motivated during a difficult time for everyone.

Each week we will post a virtual activity (it might be a route, distance, time trial) on the Couriers facebook page for everyone to take part in all you need to do is run the activity (any day, any time) during the week, upload it to Strava to be in with a chance of winning the weekly virtual award!

This is open to everyone living in Herefordshire, its just for fun and is aimed to help keep everyone running!

Don’t forget to share this with your team mates & other runners you know, more the merrier! Join the club here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/herefordshirerunning

The first activity will commence next week!

5k SERIES POSTPONED.

Here at the club we have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we have decided that it is in the best interest of runners, spectators & volunteers to postpone the clubs 5k series which was due to happen in April, May & June in an effort to play our part to help control the spread of the virus.

Together with our race day partners we have managed to secure the following alternative dates:

  • Weds 1st July
  • Weds 5th August
  • Weds 2nd September

We understand and share your disappointment with this outcome, but have been worked up on a number of contingency plans and options for runners who are affected, here are options for those who have already signed up:

  1. Those affected will be offered a free transfer to the re-scheduled event. Your entry will be transferred automatically so you do not need to re-register. We will keep you updated with details on the re-scheduled event.
  2. Those runners who are unable to attend the re-scheduled event will have the opportunity to participate in the 5k Series virtually. This means that if runners can provide evidence of covering the race distance (using an app such as Strava, a GPS tracker or a picture of gym equipment) we will send you a finishers medal in the post. We will cover the postage costs.
  3. Alternatively you can defer your 2020 race entry until 2021.

If you wish to take option 2, 3 or have any other queries please drop us an email at Herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com.

Our thoughts remain with those directly affected by COVID-19 and the family and friends of those who have sadly passed away.

SUMMER OFF ROAD LEAGUE DATES RELEASED.

Dates for the diary: Herefordshire Summer Off Road League 2020.

🎽Race 1: Weds 10th June, Westhope (Hereford Couriers) 7:15pm.
🎽Race 2: Weds 24th June, High Vinnalls (Ludlow Runners) 7:15pm.
🎽Race 3: Weds 8th July, Queenswood (Wye Valley Runners) 7:15pm.
🎽Race 4: Weds 22nd July, Shobdon Court (Croft Ambrey) 7:15pm.

Watch this space for more details and recce runs over the next few months.

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.

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