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A REPORT ON THE FIRST TWO SUMMER OFF-ROAD LEAGUE RACES at Westhope 14/6/17 and High Vinnals 28/6/17.

Plenty of light blue, plenty of dark blue, funny shades of green and khaki, even a splash of fluorescent yellow (sorely needed in the woods at Vinnals) but hardly a streak of red. Really, the sunsets this summer are a huge disappointment.

But rather than adopt dear old Pete Seeger’s elegiac tone, I propose saluting those discerning Couriers who availed themselves of the rare delight of racing in the wonderful fields, orchards, hills and woods of Herefordshire on courses which draw athletes from many miles around (141 at Westhope, 158 at Vinnals.)

Dave Williams, 1st V55 in 20th and 28th respectively, Mike Link, 27th and a stonking 12th at Vinnals, Tracy, racing for the first time in almost a year and finding herself well adrift of her normal placing in 98th and 118th and Kipper, 1st V65 in 42nd and 65th (ouch!) may not be fresh out of the youth squad, but they know a good race when they see one and fully endorse the mighty Kev’s (76th at Westhope) dictum that, if nothing else, these outings provide conditioning par excellence. Poor Kev was too shocked by the pasting he took at Sheryl’s (54th) hands in the first fixture to join us at Vinnals and complained, besides, that his Offa’s Dyke 15 had failed to clear the achilles injury he has been carrying. Besides these old stagers, it was great to have three Courier debs in these two fixtures: Jim Smith had a fine run at Westhope, on a course beautifully prepared by Clive and his team for Couriers, outsprinting Sheryl for 53rd (“If only I’d done that”, said Kev) while David Green was just behind in an impressive 57th. Fiona Murdy, almost certainly the only Courier who has ever conquered the classic Comrades Marathon (53+ miles) in South Africa, appropriately chose the tough Vinnals circuit for her league baptism in 152nd. At Westhope, our depleted resources had the boost of an appearance from Chris Cleary, who turned out for a brave 48th after a hard race the night before.

Well done to all who raced and thanks to organisers, notably Clive and Mike Blenkinsop for making these events so enjoyable.

Onward to Merv’s farm in beautiful Abbey Dore. for fixture 3, 12/7/17. “It’s not flat,” Clive says. But will it be Pete Seeger again or Simply Red?

Steve Herington

1st Male                    CHARLIE JONES Cheltenham Harriers
2nd Male                  DAN KING WVR
3rd male                   PETER WOODWARD Forest of Dean A.C.

1st Female                ALICE TAYLOR Spirit of Monmouth
2nd Female              EMMA ROBERTSON Worcester A.C.
3rd female               ROXANNE JONES Hereford Couriers

M vet 40                   MARK JONES  Cheltenham Harriers
M vet 45                   LEYTON FLEET Forest of Dean A.C.
M vet 50                   RUSS JAMES Hereford Couriers
M vet 55                   GLYN SANSOM San Domenico
M vet 60                   TONY CHAMPKEN WVR
M vet 65                   SANDY ROSS Ludlow Runners
M vet 70                   BRIAN SYMONDS WVR

Male under 20        ROSS CAMERON   Hereford Couriers
Male under 17        SCOTT JONES  Croft Ambrey A.C.
Male under15         ALEC HARPER Croft Ambrey A.C.

F vet 35                    JOANNA EDDY U/A
F vet 40                    STEPH MAIN Croft Ambrey A.C.
F vet 45                    SHERRYL HALL Forest of Dean A.C.
F vet 50                    SUE DAVIES Croft Ambrey A.C.
F vet 55                    LYNNE PARK Forest of Dean A.C.

Female under 15    SHANA STEWARDSON  Bridgnorth A.C.

Male TEAM                   CHELTENHAM HARRIERS
Female TEAM               WVR

Wheelchair female      JULIE LAWRENSON   Hereford Ghost Runners
Wheelchair male         ELIOT EVANS   U/A

Well done and many thanks for your support to all athletes competing in the third and final race of our three race series.

Cooler and breezier this time and finally the rain came down!!

Provisional Results of the main race are now available here:

2017 Hereford Couriers 5 km Series Race 3 results

Provisional Results of the wheelchair race are now available here:

2017 Hereford Couriers 5km Provisiional Results Wheelchair Athletes Race 3

As before, any queries on the above should only be sent to our club e-mail address:

herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

where they will be checked out and amended as necessary when results are finalised.

A summary of series prize winners will be also available soon……..

We had three competitors in this year’s marathon and all did brilliantly.

Bev Tyler found it hard-going in the latter stages but showed great strength and courage to beat the 5 hour barrier, coming home in 4.57.46.

Her sometime training partner, Sheryl Evans, in her fiftieth year, knocked a huge 9 minute chunk off her pb for a really wonderful 3.38.41. If anyone’s interested in getting faster as you get older, Sheryl’s the one to talk to. I must have a word.

Further up the road Tom Grady also posted a magnificent pb of 2.41.04, so close to the magic 2.40 barrier. Tom had a battle along the way with Sheryl’s daughter, Clara, well known on the Hereford circuit but now in outstanding form for Cardiff. London was her marathon debut and she finished in a hugely impressive 2.46.03. Bearing in mind that two of the women in front of her who won GB World Champs selection are in their 30’s, Clara definitely has time on her side to reach that sort of level.

We’re back to time. Where did it all go? But that’s another story.

Steve

As promised, provisional Results of the main race are now available here:

2017 race 2 result-2

Queries on the above should only be sent to our club e-mail address:

herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

where they will be checked out and amended as necessary when results are finalised.

See you again for the final race of the series on 7th June 2017!

Don’t forget to bring your series race number with you : )

Well done to all athletes that competed in the second race of our three race series. A bit cooler and breezier than Race 1 but at least no rain!

Provisional Results of the wheelchair race are now available here:

2017 Hereford Couriers 5km Series – Race 2 – Wheelchair Athletes

Provisional Results of the main race will follow very shortly…….

As before, any queries on the above should only be sent to our club e-mail address:

herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

where they will be checked out and amended as necessary when results are finalised.

Well done to all athletes that competed in the first race of our three race series.

Provisional Results of both the main and wheelchair races are now available here:

2017HerefordCouriers5kmRace1ProvisionalResults

Any queries on the above should only be sent to our club e-mail address:

herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

where they will be checked out and amended as necessary when results are finalised.