Herefordshire Winter Cross Country Results, Race 1: Croft Castle.

Screen Shot 2018-11-11 at 18.30.33Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Croft Castle cross country race yesterday.

Please see the race results below;

Men Race 1: Croft Mens Results
Women Race 1; Croft Womens Results
Men’s Team Race 1: Croft Men’s Team Results
Women’s Team Race 1: Croft Women’s Team Results

Thank-you to our hosts Croft Ambrey RC & the National Trust Croft Castle for putting on a another great event.

Next up Rotherwas – 2nd December (As flat as a pancake!) full details here:



As you are probably all aware that the (delayed) winter cross country season kicks off tomorrow at Croft Castle, We’re taking a moment to look back at previous years races and the fun we’ve had.

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The Herefordshire Cross Country League is free to enter for all our club members, there are plenty of benefits to running in these races.

  • Having a strong offroad winter season can put you in a great place for the road season next year
  • Your race position goes towards points towards the Winter Couriers Cups!
  • Contribute to the team with your points going towards the overall Couriers team standings
  • Mud is great for the your skin.
  • You might even like it! 🙂

The Woodford Green Cup and the John Norton Trophy 2018-19

Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 23.46.03Just a reminder that these two pieces of silverware, along with glistening medals for the top three, are awarded annually at tha AGM to the Courier men and women respectively who have performed best in the Winter X-C Series.

So, as with the Summer Cups, twenty points are awarded to the first male and female Courier home, with 19 for the next and so on down for each race, with the aggregate totals after Race 5 determining the winners.

When I started these competitions a good few years back the object was to swell our presence in league competition. Happily, this isn’t so necessary now given the great buzz around the Club and the enthusiasm for competition. But, I hope the Cups can still serve a purpose in generating friendly rivalry and an added incentive to splash through the mud of Herefordshire’s great courses.

And maybe before long, my original ambition to include the Midland X-C and the National X-C events in the qualifying races (with double points) will be realised. We certainly have the talent to participate (you do need to be EA registered) and these races are truly epic. Just ask Kev.

All aboard now for Croft. Points mean prizes!

Steve Herington.


Screen Shot 2018-10-30 at 09.00.50As a club we should receive 1 place in the 2019 London Marathon, The club have always run a in-club ballot for runners who meet the club criteria listed below, If you wish to be considered for this place please inform Russell James via the facebook post/ messenger or via the club email address ( by the 5th November.

The club rules for applying for this place are as follows: 

  1. 12 months fully paid membership.
  2. You have been unsuccessful in this years London Ballot (evidence would be required).
  3. You didn’t receive a club place in 2018 London Marathon.

The successful Individual will be informed ASAP after 5th November.

Good luck!

Russell James – Hereford Couriers Club Secretary.


A group of Hereford Couriers supported the local Hereford ParkRun this weekend by volunteering as pacers to help runners achieve some new personal best performances.

Screen Shot 2018-10-27 at 17.48.51.pngA team of Ben Skinner (22mins), Jonathan Edwards (25mins), Izzie Seal (28mins) Kelly Marshall (30mins) Kev Barnes (32mins) & Alan Rowlands (35mins) took on the task of getting runners home in their allocated times to help runners pick up new best times.

Well done to all those runners who dug in deep to record new best times, we had 32, 16% of the 198 strong field record new Hereford Parkrun PB’s, with plenty of positive comments from runners and volunteers, One of those who picked up a new 5k best was Sarah Elwine.

 Sarah Tweeted  “Thanks to all of the @HfdCouriersRC pacers to their work this morning at @HerefordParkrun, Thanks to their help I broke the 30 min barrier for 5k (29:45) and achieved another @ParkrunUK PB! #LoveParkrun”

The Hereford Parkrun has become a key part of many of the Couriers weekly running routines, Please visit for more information or to sign up for the FREE weekly 5k every Saturday 9am at Hereford Leisure Centre.

We will be looking to put more regular parkrun pacers in to these runs in the future.


Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 23.47.53Due to the recent postponement of the first race of the Herefordshire Winter Cross Country league at Fforest Fields (to be rearranged) due to the weather, The Croft Castle race hosted by our friends at Croft Ambrey will be the first race of the winter league on Sunday 11th November with a 11am start.

The full details are listed below including the route and elevation from both the mens and womens races from last year, PLEASE NOTE There is a slight change to the route this year due to some new fences but the majority of course is the same as previous years.

Carshare details to be posted on the facebook page closer the time, Just be mindful of a small parking charge on the day.

DATE Sunday 11th November
HOSTS; Croft Ambrey RCScreen Shot 2018-09-18 at 20.18.52
ADDRESS Yarpole, Leominster HR6 9PW
DIRECTIONS Approach from B4362, turning north at Cock Gate between Bircher and Mortimer’s Cross; signposted from Ludlow to Leominster road (A49) and from A4110 at Mortimer’s Cross
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Its was another busy weekend for the reds with many local races being held, the weather was ideal perfect for running – what a difference a week makes. 

A Group of couriers went to the Stroud Half Marathon chasing personal best times, in the field of 2200 the Couriers did not disappoint all of them coming in the top 500. The course which is known a fast course with an uphill 2nd half. The race starts in Stroud and takes a loop out towards the M5 motorway via Stonehouse with the final 2 miles were the real test with a gradual uphill to the finishing line.

Ross Cameron was the first Courier across the finishing line in a fantastic time of 1:25:26 (65th) with Ryan Knight hot on his heels chasing him down in the final few miles to finish in a time of 1:25:56 (72nd). Ben Skinner brought his personal best down by another minute to record a time of 1:32:44 (171st), Next up was Clare Mallender who stormed to a new personal best in a fantastic time of 1:37:23 (277th). Kev Rowe was the next red to cross the line picking with another solid performance in a time of 1:38:14 (302nd), Ailsing Freeth continues to come on leaps and bounds made her Half Marathon debut recorded a very impressive time of 1:43:38 (450th).

Mike Link and Kev Barnes were also out and about representing the Couriers at the Ron Skilton Memorial Half Marathon & the Magnificent Eastnor Castle 7 Race respectively, again the conditions were great for running with Mike finishing in a time of 1:49:57 (21st) a great warm up for Mike visit to Ibiza for the trail marathon at the end of the month. Kev had a good work out finishing in a time of 1:02:07 (48th) on the undulating 7 mile course at Eastnor.


With the Builth Cross Country cancelled last weekend with course at Fforest Fields more like a swimming pool a good number of Couriers decided to take part in the local Hope Valley 8.3mile race in woolhope, conditions were soggy to say the least which made the multi-terrain course challenging but the red’s dug in deep to pick up some great results. We even got to meet Perry Benson who plays Clive in the ITV show Benidorm! 

Matt James picked up first place in a time of  53:31 who had to work hard being pushed all the way by Mark Lamonby from Croft Ambrey RC & Clare Mallender continues to pick up prizes for fun this time being the 3rd lady home in 1:10:10 in a course PB.

Ben Skinner was the 2nd Courier home in 9th place in 1:02:18 closely followed by Russell James who dusted off his offroad shoes ready for the winter cross country in 1:02:59 (10th). Dave Williams and Mike Link had solid runs in 12th (1:03:57) & 13th (1:04:10) respectively, Next up was David Green who had a good run out in 20th (1:09:37), Aisling Freeth crossed the line in 1:12:30 closely followed by debutant Kev Rowe in 1:12:41, Kerry Wathen had a steady post Cardiff run gearing up for the cross country season in 1:13:58 with Kev Barnes crossing the finishing line in 1:18:47. Alan Rowlands made his first outing for the reds & returning from injury finished in 1:24:08.

Great work by the reds again, a lovely warm up for Croft Castle next month.

See the full Hope Valley 2018 Results Here.

See all the Couriers placings and times below;

1st 0:53:31 Matt James
9th 1:02:18 Ben Skinner
10th 1:02:59 Russell James
12th 1:03:57 Dave Williams
13th 1:04:10 Mike Link
20th 1:09:37 Dave Green
21st 1:10:10 Clare Mallender
29th 1:12:30 Aisling Freeth
30th 1:12:41 Kev Rowe
36th 1:13:58 Kerry Wathen
52nd 1:18:47 Kev Barnes
65th 1:24:08 Alan Rowlands


We are proud to announce that the Hereford Couriers annual 5k Series have been shortlisted for The 2018 Running Awards in 2 categories.  

Our ever popular speedy race series has been shortlisted in the ‘West Midlands 5k of the year’ and the ‘Race Series of the year’ categories.

We need your help as the voting is now open, please help and share the links below to help us win!

Link to ‘West Midlands 5k of the year’ Voting

Link to ‘Race Series of the year’ voting

Many thanks for voting for us!