Yesterday we held our 2nd Jon Ward 5k, Congratulations to everyone who raced in memory of Jon & helping us raise funds for Mind Charity.

Overall winner of the race was Charlie Jones of Western Tempo Running Club who finished in 15:03 on our speedy course & with Donna Morris of Builth & District Running Club finishing first female in 17:50.

Tempo’s Rhys Park (15:11) and Alastair Campbell (15:45) of Stroud & District Athletic Club picked up 2nd and 3rd place in the men’s race.

Chepsow Harriers Duo Cherry Fowler (18:53) & Nikki Morgan (19:08) finishing 2nd and 3rd in the female race.

The full results can be found here: ://

If you would like to donate you can contribute through our just giving page here:

A huge thankyou to everyone who made the event happen & good luck to everyone taking part in the virtual race this week.

The Jon Ward Hereford 5K 2022

Chip Timed | Bespoke Medal | Fast & Flat Course

Entries for 2022 event to open shortly

The Couriers are pleased to announce the return of the Jon Ward 5k race, come join us on our super-quick 2 lap course, the race will be chip timed & suitable for runners of all abilities, the route will be fully marked out and marshalled & we’ve even got a medal for all finishers.

This race is held in memory of ex-Hereford Courier Jon Ward who sadly passed away in June 2020. All profits from the race will be donated to Charity. 

Jon was a decorated runner, competing across every distance from 5k to Ultra Running. He was a proud member of the 100 Marathon Club and many locally knew him well, Jon was a Courier from 2010 – 2017.

Everyone is welcome.

  • Race Date: Sunday 15th August 2021
  • Start Time: Wave 1 (sub 20 mins) 9:45am / Wave 2 (over 20mins) 10:15am
  • Entries: Entry Fees: £15.00 – Affiliated / £17.00 – Unattached, with all profits from the race going to charity.
  • Venue: Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford. HR4 9QU.
  • Facilities/ Parking: Hereford Racecourse is race HQ & start & has adequate parking
  • 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: Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Females which will be handed out socially distanced post race.
  • Medals: We have a bespoked medal for all finishers
  • Results: Will be uploaded to post race .




We look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday for the Jon Ward 5k, please remind yourselves of the guidance below. The Club have worked tirelessly to host this race so we need your support by playing your part by reading and keeping to the guidance below failure to adhere to these rules could result in disqualification with no refunds. 

** If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend! **

On the day we will have 2 start times as this will help us with social distancing, the first wave will be for any runners who will finish in sub 20 minutes and will start at 9:45am, 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 10:15am, please see the arrival, warm up, start and departure times for these 2 waves below.

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 sub 20 minutes as this will delay the start of the 2nd wave. 

Race numbers: Race bibs have been sent out in the post on Monday 9th August so you will receive these ready for race day, remember to bring them with you. 

On the day set up: Please see the diagram below of the one-way system, please adhere to these at all times, this has been put in place to keep everyone safe, be mindful of members of the public at all times as this area is used regularly for dog walking. 

Venue: The venue for the race is Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford. HR4 9QU

Facilities: Due to Covid-19 no facilities for changing are available, Toilets are supplied by the Racecourse & will have a social distancing queuing system in place using cones, please give plenty of time as we are restricting numbers being able to use the blocks at any one time

Parking: Parking will be available at the racecourse, we have created car parking area for races 1 & 2, Parking will be tight due to the race being at capacity so if you can please use B & Q or Halo (HR4 9SH) on Holmer Road or The Co-op at Bobblestock (HR4 9LT) as alternative parking and jog to the racecourse as a bit of a warm up. 

Hand Sanitisers: These will be available for everyone taking part please make use of these. 

Face Masks: We recommend you wear a facemask when you can, especially around the toilet areas. 

Team/ Group Photos: Social distancing must be maintained at all times, we do have a race photographer who will be out on the course for those race photos

Bag Drop: There will not be a bag drop at this event, so please arrive race ready 

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 they are out on the course for your safety, Due to Covid-19 all Marshalls have been briefed to not to shout so please do not be offended you can’t hear them (we are usually a friendly bunch) We have professional first-aiders who be at the start/ finish area along with a rapid response car out on the course. 

Start Time: Wave 1: 9:45am (Sub 20 runners), Wave 2: 10:15am (20mins +)

Course: The route is a 2-loop course on open roads around a housing estate, 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. Please stick to the left at all times whilst running. 

Warm-up Area: Reminder not to do this on the course, especially on the streets leading back onto the racecourse.  We have created a warm up area, please wear a mask & maintain social distancing at all times.

Pre-Race Briefing: We will not be having a race briefing all the information you need is in this email. 

Race start: Due to the high volumes of entries and adhering to social distance rules there will be set starting pens for all runners based on your PB/ estimated finishing times, please remain socially distanced in these pens until you are invited to the start line by the Marshalls. Please see the diagram below:

Race Finish: The race finishes in the same area as the start. Key Point! Once you have finished, participants will enter a one-way system taking runners to the toilets and car park, all runners will be made to keep on moving and no mingling. We are encouraging all runners to depart the racecourse as soon as you’ve finished your race. 

Warm Down: Reminder not to do this on the course, especially on the on the streets leading back onto the racecourse.  We have created a warm down area, please wear a mask & maintain social distancing all times. 

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 & Trophies: Each runner will receive a finishers medal; these medals can be picked up at the finish, we have prizes male and female which will be handed out post race, no presentations I’m afraid.

Spectators: We are advising that spectators remain socially distanced at all times. 

Results: Results will be available to view post-race, they will also be displayed on the club website

Extra information & updates: for any last-minute updates please check out Facebook page


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

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

See you Sunday

Terms And Conditions

  • The entrant must agree to the following terms and conditions.
  • This event is to be held under UK Athletics rules. Race Licence applied for. The entrant agrees to abide by the rules of the event and that the officials’ decision is final.
  • The entrant confirms that they have no medical disability that would endanger themselves or others by taking part (and will not run if unfit to do so on the day).
  • The entrant understands that the organisers will not be liable for any loss, damage, injury or illness howsoever caused as a result of entering the race.  The entrant agrees that during the race they will obey marshals’ instructions. No dogs will be allowed on the course.
  • If for any reason beyond our control the race has to be cancelled on the day (“Act of god” Flooding, Accidents, incidents etc) we cannot guarantee a full refund or that the race will be rescheduled. We will however do everything possible to resolve any unfortunate situation.

James & Cooper take Jon Ward 5k Wins

Western Tempo duo Dominic James and Jemma Cooper took the men’s and women’s victories respectively.

It was the first time runners returned to competitive race action since lockdown with the event having a host of Covid-19 safety measures in place.

After the opening lap a group of front runners were still together which the leaders completed in seven minutes and 36 seconds.

James made his winning move on the second lap and pulled out a winning margin of five seconds- completing the course in 15-03.

Western Tempo took the top three men’s podium places with Ben Price second (15-08) and Rhys Park finishing third (15-13).

In the women’s event the leaders were also together completing their opening of two laps in 8-51.

Cooper made her winning move on the finishing lap completing the course in 17-33 to win by 11 seconds.

A sprint finish for second saw Katie Synge-Curtis (Hereford Couriers) edge out Natalie Hackett (Hallamshire Harriers) with both runners finishing on 17-44.

The full race results can be found here:

The event is set to raise £3,000 to support the Samaritans in the work they do, you can still donate to our just giving page by visiting

Please have a read of the following COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance below for Runners, Spectators and Volunteers