SUPERB RUNNING AS THE 5K SERIES DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Congratulations to all of our winners of the Couriers 5k Series 2022!

The men’s race series was won by Western Tempo Running Club runner Charlie Jones with Alastair Cambell of Stroud & District Athletic Club in 2nd & Western Tempo’s Eliot Taylor finishing in 3rd.

In the female’s race it was Forest of Dean Athletic Club runner Samantha Harris who took overall series first place followed by Western Tempo’s Rachel Underhill & a 3rd place finish for Croft Ambrey Running Club runner Charlotte Broadhurst.

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.

The full results can be found here: https://www.readysetgotiming.co.uk/2022results

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.

Thanks to our race partners Ready Set GoHereford RacecoursePoint To Point ServicesAdvanced Laser Works along with this year’s race sponsors HR Smith Group of companies www.hr-smith.com & AMP Driver Training.

See you all soon!

IT’S TIME TO BECOME A COURIER!

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.

£2️⃣0️⃣Annual 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……

Sign up now by visiting: https://www.entrycentral.com/CouriersMembership2022
See the full benefits of being a member: https://herefordcouriers.com/membership-form/

COURIERS 5K SERIES RACE INFORMATION

HEREFORD COURIERS 5K SERIES 2021

IMPORTANT RACE DAY INFORMATION. 

Runners, 

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. 

Start Time: Wave 1: 6:45pm (Sub 20 runners), Wave 2: 7:15pm (20mins +)

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 

Results: Results will be available to view post-race, they will also be displayed on https://www.readysetgotiming.co.uk/2021results-1  & the club website www.herefordcouriers.com

Future races of the series: The other 2 races of the series will be on Wednesday 4th May & Wednesday 8th June in the same format as above.  

Extra information & updates: for any last-minute updates please check out Facebook page www.facebook.com/HerefordCouriersRaces 

Please make yourself with the following guidelines from England Athletics/ UK Athletics:

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-2021/

If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at

herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com

See you on Wednesday. 

Hereford Couriers RC. 

AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION FOR THE COURIERS

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.”


Next up for the Couriers is it’s popular spring 3-race series which starts in April, the club is expecting a sell-out & entries are going quick, you can sign up by visiting https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/5kseries2022/

HEREFORDSHIRE AA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS

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:

Age GroupTime
Senior & Vet Men & Women11:00 AM
Under 9 Girls12:00 PM
Under 9 Boys12:05 PM
Under 10 Girls12:10 PM
Under 10 Boys12:15 PM
Under 11 Girls12:20 PM
Under 11 Boys12:25 PM
Under 13 Girls13:05pm
Under 13 Boys13:10pm
Under 15 Girls13:15pm
Under 17 & U20 Women13:25pm
Under 15 Boys13:40pm
Under 17 & U20 Men13:45pm

Entries are all paper based via post, please download the entry form & return it to the address attached:

For the next event we are looking to move toward an online entry system for sign-ups.

UP NEXT: COURIERS 5K SERIES

Who’s up for some Spring speed?

Sign up to our 5k series now, all 3 races for £20!

FAST | FLAT | CHIPPED TIMED | BESPOKE FINISHERS MEDAL

Be quick our race limit is 500, we sold out in 2021 and we predict the same! once they have gone they’ve gone! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Race 1️⃣: Wed 6th April
Race 2️⃣: Wed 4th May
Race 3️⃣: Wed 8th June

On last years series across all of the 3 races we had;
1️⃣6️⃣ sub 1️⃣5️⃣min finishers 🔥
5️⃣5️⃣ sub 1️⃣6️⃣min finishers 🥵
1️⃣5️⃣3️⃣ sub 1️⃣7️⃣min finishers 👏
2️⃣5️⃣3️⃣ sub 1️⃣8️⃣min finishers 😲
3️⃣3️⃣5️⃣ sub 1️⃣9️⃣min finishers 🌡
4️⃣3️⃣1️⃣ sub 2️⃣0️⃣min finishers 😎

£20 for the series (£22 unaffiliated) that’s just £6.66 (£7.30) a race!

Enter here: https://www.entrycentral.com/5kSeries2022

RED HOT RACING AT ROTHERWAS

What a day Sunday!

The full results are in!

It was a 3️⃣rd place finish for Matty James, he really does love the Rotherwas course 😀🏃‍♂️😎

It was a superb overall team effort, we saw the ladies finish 2️⃣nd place again 🙌 just behind Croft Ambrey who took 1️⃣st place with Builth & District In 3️⃣rd.

In the men’s we picked up both 2️⃣nd and 3️⃣rd placed teams, again just behind Croft Ambrey – showing the great depth we have in the team 😎

On we go to the final race, as it sits both the men’s and female teams sit in 2️⃣nd and our B teams in 4️⃣th 🙌👏🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

See the full results here; https://hayhotfooters.co.uk/rotherwas-race-4-sunday…/

CHRISTMAS 10k RESULTS

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this mornings Christmas 10k race, the race was won by Charlie Jones of Western Tempo Running Club & Annie Birch of London City Athletics Club👏

In the men’s race it was London City AC runner Luke Rowlands in 2nd with Matthew Brunnock of Hereford & County AC in 3rd.

In the ladies 2nd place was taken by Donna Morris of Builth & District Running Club & Samantha Harris of Forest of Dean Athletic Club runner in 3rd.

A special mention you to our race sponsors The Studio – Hereford for your sponsorship of the race and to our race partners Ready Set Go & Point To Point Services and a big thank you to Hereford Rugby Football Club for being amazing hosts.

A big shout out to all of our volunteers, days like today don’t happen without our awesome team of helpers.

The full results along with the category prizes can be found here: https://www.readysetgotiming.co.uk/2021results

PLEASE HELP FIND JAN.

Can you help? Local Member of the Hereford running community Jan Edwards is missing

Much loved Wye Valley Runner Jan is missing – West Mercia Police issued the following statement. If you can help please get in touch with them.

MISSING || We’re growing increasingly concerned for 66-year-old Janet Edwards who has been missing since 2.30pm on Friday (10 December) from Hereford.

Herefordshire local area commander, Superintendent Edd Williams said: “This is very out of character for Janet and we are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare. If anyone has seen her or knows where she is please get in touch.”

He continued: “Janet, if you are reading this, please get in touch with us asap, we want to make sure you are safe.”

At the time of Janet going missing it is believed she was wearing a grey Raab puffa jacket, blue jeans and walking boots.

If anyone has seen Janet or knows of her whereabouts please call 999 quoting incident 654 of 10 December.