Congratulations and thank-you to everyone who laced up their trainers & (virtually) raced this week. We are proud to announce together we have raised over £1,300 for St Michael’s Hospice, What a running community we have in Herefordshire!
*Due to the way we have had to capture these results from the Running App Strava, We think we have managed to get all runners who took part listed but for any runner who we may have missed please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. *
During this third week of Coronavirus lockdown, the first ever ‘Virtual’ National Road Relay Championships (VNRRC) has proved a surprisingly compelling distraction for Hereford Couriers Club Members.
This year’s Virtual replacement for the England Running Association national relays had over 5,000 competitors which for the first time, every club in Britain could ‘run’ the National Road Relay using the online platform Strava.
The competition was fierce with many of the UK’s best road runners taking part, It was great to see the Hereford Couriers representing and flying the flag for Herefordshire.
In the men’s 12-stage relay, the Couriers finished in 92nd place in a time of 3:44:39, Ben Skinner recorded the quickest time of 17:16, Ben was joined by Jake Underhill 17:39, Barry Reynolds 17:42 Dean Jones and Andy Tyler 17:49 who all went under the 18 minute barrier. Will Maul (18:00), Darren Broady (18:07), Liam Tosh (18:18) & Paul Jones (18:49) had solid solo runs who were joined by Jon Edwards (20:38), Graeme Walker (20:59) & Mark Hookins (21:33) to make the 12-man team.
The Couriers men’s veteran team of Jake, Barry, Andy, Liam, Paul and Graeme finished in 34th place in a time of 1:51:16.
The women’s 6-stage event the clubs females finished in 83rd place in an overall time of 2:13:59, The first Courier was the ever improving Izzy Axford who finished in 21:09, who was joined by Sheryl Evans (21:50), Izzie Seal (22:01), Kerry Wathen (22:31), Becky Eversham (23:03) & Aisling Freeth (23:25) to make up the 6-female team.
Other club members who supported the club and got involved were, Bronwen Tyler-Jones (24:32) Jake Cullum-Hollins (24:51), Paul Gilbert (26:28) & Stephen Hobson (30:15).
The event has raised more than £7,000 for NHS Charities, It turned out to be a much needed focus for the Club’s runners.
Here at the club we are pleased launch the ‘Keep Herefordshire Running’ Strava club, this group is aimed to help, support and keep everyone motivated during a difficult time for everyone.
Each week we will post a virtual activity (it might be a route, distance, time trial) on the Couriers facebook page for everyone to take part in all you need to do is run the activity (any day, any time) during the week, upload it to Strava to be in with a chance of winning the weekly virtual award!
This is open to everyone living in Herefordshire, its just for fun and is aimed to help keep everyone running!
Here at the club we have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we have decided that it is in the best interest of runners, spectators & volunteers to postpone the clubs 5k series which was due to happen in April, May & June in an effort to play our part to help control the spread of the virus.
Together with our race day partners we have managed to secure the following alternative dates:
Weds 1st July
Weds 5th August
Weds 2nd September
We understand and share your disappointment with this outcome, but have been worked up on a number of contingency plans and options for runners who are affected, here are options for those who have already signed up:
Those affected will be offered a free transfer to the re-scheduled event. Your entry will be transferred automatically so you do not need to re-register. We will keep you updated with details on the re-scheduled event.
Those runners who are unable to attend the re-scheduled event will have the opportunity to participate in the 5k Series virtually. This means that if runners can provide evidence of covering the race distance (using an app such as Strava, a GPS tracker or a picture of gym equipment) we will send you a finishers medal in the post. We will cover the postage costs.
Alternatively you can defer your 2020 race entry until 2021.
If you wish to take option 2, 3 or have any other queries please drop us an email at Herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com.
Our thoughts remain with those directly affected by COVID-19 and the family and friends of those who have sadly passed away.
As a club our base is Hereford Leisure Centre on Holmer Road, Our Club Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, We meet just inside the leisure centre in reception. We also work with a few local coaches and running groups so If you are looking for track, trail or something different, please let us know and we will put you in touch with them.
We are far more than a running club, we have many socials throughout the year including the AGM, many of these events involve a few drinks – they are pretty popular amongst our club members & a great way of making new friends.
As a club we organise a series of races which includes the Christmas 10k, the Westhope offroad race (part of the Herefordshire Summer offroad League) & new for 2020 we are proud to be the return of the 3 race 5k Series on one of the flattest road courses in the UK, We encourage our runners to take part & make the most of running in these races & for any reason you don’t we always have marshalling duties which need filling.
We have a number of ways members can input into the development of the club, we have open club meetings and a very active facebook page as we feel the input of our members is key to the progress of the club.
New for 2020, we have decided to lower our club membership age to 16 & if you are a member of Hereford & County Athletics Club (16+) you can join the Couriers for FREE! – Drop us an email for more information and a application form.
Membership fee for 2020 is £25 this gives you your club membership along with the Full England Athletics benefits, see the benefits of being a member below:
First claim Club Membership.
Join in with our ClubRuns and training.
Compete in Club colours with extra spectator support at local races.
Become part of a growing and vibrant team with a great social scene.
Option to take part and support the team in 4 summer & 5 winter races in the Herefordshire cross country league (all free of charge to compete in)
Have a say & input into how your club is run at club and AGM meetings.
Discounted entry (minimum £2 for England Athletics registered athletes)
Access to championship competitions for club athletes across numerous disciplines at a national, regional and local level. Road Relays, Cross Counties etc.
Eligibility to compete in national representative teams and at England Athletics age group level.
Exclusive offers and discounts from a range of England Athletics’ commercial partners.
Have an opportunity to apply for Club London Marathon place through club ballot.
2nd Claim members are welcome, £10 for the year drop us an email for an application form.
Hereford Couriers is affiliated to England Athletics. if you are currently a first claim member of another club you will need to notify them of your resignation and if an affiliated athlete you will also need to complete an application to England Athletics for a change of first claim club for approval. If you need any further help with registration and change of club procedures or any other membership queries please contact us at email@example.com
** Hereford Couriers membership year 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021, If you sign up to our club membership before 1st April 2020 your membership will run until 31st March 2021 your EA affiliation will be submitted in April 2020 at the start of club membership year**