COURIER CUPS

Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 23.46.03 EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COURIER CUPS


WINTER 2018/19: THE STORY SO FAR.

It’s all hotting up, with three of the five fixtures gone. We have had 21 men and seven women run one or more races, a fantastic turn-out. A special shout for Hannah who, to maintain her top spot, ran Queenswood when she was under the weather (and probably should not have done!), finishing wearing a coat she’d picked up en route!

Leading standings:

JOHN NORTON TROPHY (Women)

  • 1st. Hannah Watkins – 57pts
  • 2nd. Clare Mallender – 57
  • 3rd. Aisling Freeth – 52
  • 4th. Amy Smith – 37

WOODFORD GREEN CUP (Men)

  • 1st. Jake Underhill – 46pts
  • 2nd. Ben Skinner – 44
  • 3rd. Ryan Lawrence – 42
  • 4th. Barry Reynolds – 40
  • 5th. Mike Link – 40
  • 6th. Matt James – 38
  • 7th. Will Maul – 35

Well done all the above and the rest of us pushing them on! More points to be grabbed at Fforest Fields 3rd Feb (or Ffeb, if you like.)
Steve.


WINTER; THE WOODFORD GREEN CUP & JOHN NORTON TROPHY. 

Just a reminder that these two pieces of silverware, along with glistening medals for the top three, are awarded annually at the 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.


SUMMER; THE DAVID PREECE & ALISON COOKE CUPS. 

The ALISON COOKE and DAVID PREECE CUPS are a new initiative this season to add a bit more competitive spice to the summer racing, if any more were needed, and to act as an added incentive to represent the Club in the main warm weather fixtures. Results are thus based on performances over the four summer league inter club matches and the County 10 mile champs, using the same format as the winter competitions for the JOHN NORTON TROPHY and the WOODFORD GREEN CUP.

David Preece was a prolific and successful racer for Couriers before his sadly premature death some twenty years ago. Alison Cooke is still going strong racing in the Lake District after a long and highly decorated career with Couriers, often when our women’s section was rather threadbare compared with today. I am very happy that we are able to honour these two former club stalwarts in this way, keeping their names alive in the Hereford running world.


Previous Winners

The John Norton Trophy

Winter 2017

  1. Amy Smith 30pts

The Woodford Green Cup

Winter 2017

  1. Ross Cameron 87pts

The David Preece Cup

Summer 2018

  1. Matt James 79pts

The Alison Cooke Cup

Summer 2018

  1. Clare Mallender 77pts

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