CLUB UPDATE | We continue to make great progress as a club, at the half way point in our membership year our club Chairman, Jon Edwards gives us an update through his half yearly report.
Here are a few highlights:
Club Membership up 11% year on year.
The club have been instrumental on brining Junior Parkrun to Hereford.
We’ve invested further into our Run Leader and Coaching progammes.
£1,500 was donated to mind from the Jon Ward 5k & Relays.
We’ve had so much fun together, subsiding trips to the Brecon Beacons, canoeing down the Wye, track sessions, the beer mile and many other projects, whilst continuing to invest in new kit, props, displays and races.
In a period when events are being cancelled, the Couriers remain financially strong and our events continue to be successful.
I’d like to thank the team, our dedicated committee and all of our Run Leaders for your hard work and commitment. You are Hereford Couriers.
There is so much to look forward to: next month will see the introduction of our new club standards platform, the Winter XC is back, our next race at Hope Valley, the Christmas 10k on 28th Dec and of course I can’t wait to celebrate once again with you at our showpiece AGM (end of year party) in March.
The Couriers are proud to announce that this year’s Jon Ward 5k, which included relay races for the first time, has raised £1,500 in memory of former Courier and decorated runner Jon Ward which will be donated to the charity MIND.
The race, in its 3rd year, has now raised over £7,500 for charity, through entries to the races along with people taking part in the events by racing virtually across the UK.
Chairman Jon Edwards said “Runners at this year’s event certainly embraced Jon’s spirit; battling against the odds as it was an extremely hot day and embracing new challenges, with many competing in the relays for the first time. Thank you to each and every one of them that took part”
Enjoy our 5k series? how about giving one lap a blast instead of 2?
Why not pick 2 of your team mates and create a relay team for the Jon Ward Relays – a new event for 2022 as part of the Jon Ward 5k race day!
The relays – Each leg will be one lap of the course (2.5k each runner) relays are in teams of 3 with splits for each leg! Teams can be all male, all female or mixed with a team prize for each of these categories!
Along with this we will be running the usual Jon Ward 5k race with all profits from both races going to Mind in memory of Jon.
📅 Sun 14th August
🏃🏼♀️ 🏃🏼♂️ Relays 09:00am
🏃🏼♂️ 🏃 5k 10:00am
There are limited places for the relays, the Team Captains will need to sign up early to avoid disappointment.
The team awards were picked up by the Hereford Couriers Men & the Croft Ambrey Ladies
Well done to all the category winners some fantastic running across the series by you all.
Juniors U13 F – Olivia Hayman Shrewsbury Athletic Club U15 F – Isobel Watt Cheltenham & County Harriers U20 F – Charlotte Broadhurst Croft Ambrey Running Club U13 M – Fred Tyler Hereford & County Athletics Club U15 M – Henry White Halo Sport Foundation U20 M – Louie Lambeth Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club
Females SF – Rachel Underhill Western Tempo Running Club V35 F – Sarah Morris Black Pear Joggers V40 F – Samantha Harris Forest of Dean Athletic Club V45 F – Joanna Eddy Hereford Couriers Running Club V50 F – Cherry Fowler Chepstow Harriers Information V55 F – Niki Morgan Chepstow Harriers V60 F – Lorna Shaw Wye Valley Runners V70 F – Carole Clarke Worcester Athletics Club V75 F – Margaret Crosswell Worcester Athletics Club
Male SM – Charlie Jones Western Tempo V40 M – Kristan McKenna V45 M – Sean Taylor Torfaen Runners V50 M – Huw Evans Parc Bryn Bach Running Club V55 M – Richie Richards Hereford Couriers V60 M – Paul Dodd Chepstow Harriers V65 M – Stephen Owen Chepstow Harriers V70 M – Steve Herington Hereford Couriers V80 M – Bryan Markham Croft Ambrey.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s series another huge success.A special mention to all the volunteers for giving up the time to marshall through the series – you are amazing!
These races take an awful amount of time to organise from initial plans, through to entries, licences & then on the night coordination for each of the 3 races, a huge thank you to Jon & Ben for all of your time and efforts.
There is no better time to join the Couriers and if you are a new member we are offering all new members a free club vest or t-shirt.
£Annual Membership! FREE Club Vest or TShirt for all new members!
It’s time to join England Athletics West Midlands Club of the Year Runners up 2021!
With your membership you will get;
Full Club Membership. England Athletics Affiliation, discount on races you sign up for Free entry to Winter & Summer Off-Road Leagues. Various Training options for all abilities usually offering 4 groups options each session! A great club social scene, events outside running is really important to us! it’s not all about the running! And far more……
Please read the below race information for the first of our 5k series that kicks off this coming Wednesday (6th April).
** If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend! **
On the night we will have 2 start times as this will help us with social distancing & race numbers, the same as last year the first wave will be for any runners who will finish in sub 20 minutes and will start at 18:45, once this race has been completed, we will then start the 2nd wave which will be for all the remaining competitors which will start at 19:15.
The race is chip timed so the results will be created for both waves combined.
Please only take part in the first wave if you are going to complete the course in under 20 minutes as this will delay the start of the 2nd wave.
Race numbers: Numbers are to be collected on the evening of the first race, these MUST be kept for all 3 races – If you are unable to make race 1 don’t worry, we will be having number collections for race 2 & 3 on those evenings too. Please arrive in plenty of time to collect your bibs.
Venue: The venue for the race is Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford. HR4 9QU
Facilities: No facilities for changing are available, Toilets are supplied by the Racecourse & we are asking that runners are mindful of runners using these at any one time.
Parking: Parking will be available at the racecourse, there is plenty of parking but please car share if possible.
Face Masks: Face masks are optional, please respect those who are wearing a face mask, hand sanitisers will be on offer too so please use these as you please.
Bag Drop: There will not be a bag drop at this event, the parking is all based around the start and finish area so you will be able to leave your valuables in your cars.
Marshalls & First Aid: The race will have plenty of Marshalls out on the course along with yellow directional arrows. Please listen to Marshall’s instructions as they are out on the course for your safety. We have a professional local company Point to Point Services who will be supplying first-aiders who will be at the start/ finish area along with a rapid response car out on the course.
Course: The route is a 2-loop course on open roads around a housing estate, you will see that we have made a slight change to the start and finish points, this is due to us being able to give you a halfway split. please be mindful of other participants and members of the public, please keep to your left at all times, if you need to overtake, please give space and do so on the right. We will hold the traffic for the start of the race but on the 2nd loop please be careful when you go onto the main road as the turn is tight, we will cone this area but please stick to the left.
Warm Up/ Warm Down Area: You can use all of the grass area for warming up, Please do not warm up/ down on the course whilst the other races are happening, it can get very congested in and around the roads leading back into the racecourse. If you need to warm up on the road, we suggest going up Roman Road (right of the gate entrance)
Race start: Due to the high volumes of entries we are advising runners to line up in an estimated finish time order.
Race Finish: The race finishes in the same area as the start, please be mindful of other finishers.
Water Station: We will have one water station at the finish, this will just be a bottle collection table, to keep participants moving. Please discard all empty bottles in the bins provided.
Medals: Each runner will receive a finishers medal; these medals can be picked up on race 3 in June.
Spectators: Spectators are welcome, if you happen to take any photo’s / videos don’t forget share them on social media with the hashtag #Couriers5kseries
The Couriers hosted their Annual General Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Saturday 12th March 2022 at the Left Bank, Hereford. The club turned 40 last year during lockdown so celebrations were put on hold till now. This event was a first for the club in its 40-year history and the perfect way to thank its growing membership, currently making it the largest running club in Hereford for their dedication and continued support. As part of the celebrations the club hosted its annual awards, voted by its members before dinner and dancing commenced.
Luke Rudd was awarded Best Newcomer, the club Volunteer of the Year was Hollie Francis, Performance of the Year was picked up by John Jaspers for a remarkable run in the Beacons Way Ultra 100 miles. Ben Skinner was awarded Club Member of the Year; Matt James was the top Male runner with Ellie Smithers picking up best Female. The Most Improved Runner was awarded to Rob Connell & the Hall of Fame winner & becoming the clubs latest life member was awarded to long serving Courier Matt James.
Club Chairman, Jon Edwards recognised the club’s run leaders and committee members for all of their efforts over the last 12 months.
In the Couriers Winter Cross Country Cups, Ellie Smithers picked up the John Norton Trophy with Matt James winning the Woodford Green Cup.
Chairman Jonathan Edwards said “We dare to dream big, the pinnacle of our 40th anniversary year, celebrating our successes with our members. What a fabulous occasion it was, this club has set the bar for others to follow. There has been no better time to become a member of the Couriers.”
This years Herefordshire AA cross country championships will be held on Sunday 10th April 2022 at Hereford Leisure Centre.
The championships which is returning for the first time since the coronavirus-19 pandemic gets underway at 11am & for the first time for many years will see the senior races being run on the same day as the juniors.
The criteria for entry is that you either were born in the county or you have lived in the county for 9 or more months.
The race schedule for the day can be found below:
Senior & Vet Men & Women
Under 9 Girls
Under 9 Boys
Under 10 Girls
Under 10 Boys
Under 11 Girls
Under 11 Boys
Under 13 Girls
Under 13 Boys
Under 15 Girls
Under 17 & U20 Women
Under 15 Boys
Under 17 & U20 Men
Entries are all paper based via post, please download the entry form & return it to the address attached: