Reynolds leads Couriers charge at County 10 miler.

Screen Shot 2018-08-19 at 21.38.12A team of Couriers took part in the Wye Valley 10 Mile road race on Sunday 19th August, The Red’s did not disappoint with performances continuing where they left off from the mid-week 5,000m track race.

The race which also doubles up as the Herefordshire County 10 mile race was hosted by Wye Valley Runners started and finished at Hereford Rowing Club the route took on some tough climbs within the undulating course around the village of Breighton in humid and windy conditions.

Screen Shot 2018-08-20 at 07.41.21.pngBarry Reynolds had a great day out on the road finishing 2nd male in 57:42 becoming the County Champion along with picking up the 1st Vet male prize, Paul Jones had a fantastic run in 1:06:37 (11th) to receive the 2nd county vet male award. Ryan Knight (13th) & Jake Underhill (14th) were the next red vests home crossing the line close together to record impressive times of 1:08:52 and 1:09:08 respectively to pick up county prizes with Ryan winning 3rd county senior male & Jake 3rd county vet male awards.

Darren Broady continues to improve with a solid performance to finish in 1:13:06 (25th), Ben Skinner & Ryan Lawrence ran well to record times of 1:16:02 (32nd) & 1:17:10 (36th) with Steve Herington not too far behind 39th place to pick up 1st vet 70 male in 1:18:22. Clare Mallender continues her fine form being the first lady to finish in 1:19:22 (43rd) with Peter Carwardine (48th), Kelly Marshall (49th) & Amy Smith (50th) creating a sea of red in their fight to the line with only a few seconds between the group Peter finishing in 1:21:22, Kelly 1:21:23 and Amy 1:21:28.

Ailsing Freeth picked up her first prize since joining the club finishing 3rd county senior female in 1:22:33, Kev Barnes took part in another county 10 miler sporting a new bit of club kit – Couriers red compression sock (Mike can we get these on the club kit list?) finished in 1:34:28. Victoria Woodhall continues to improve and had a great run to finish in 1:37:11.

Screen Shot 2018-08-20 at 07.41.04A great team effort with a great number of red vests & to top things off Couriers Barry, Paul and Jake picked up the male team prize.

FULL RACE RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE: Wye Valley 10 miler Results

A big thank-you our neighbours Wye Valley Runners and all the volunteers who again put on a great local race.

Special mention to Lou Atkinson who took photos of the full event & some great ones of team members – Don’t forget to check them out on our facebook page.


Barry Reynolds 2nd 0:57:42
2nd Male, County Champ & 1st County Vet Male
Paul Jones 11th 1:06:37
2nd County Vet Male
Ryan Knight 13th 1:08:52
3rd County Sen Male
Jake Underhill 14th 1:09:08
3rd County Vet Male
Daren Broady 25th 1:13:06
Ben Skinner 32nd 1:16:02
Ryan Lawrence 36th 1:17:10
Steve Herington 39th 1:18:22 1st Vet 70
Clare Mallender 43rd 1:19:22
Peter Carwardine 46th 1:21:22
Kelly Marshall 47th 1:21:23
Amy Smith 48th 1:21:28
Aisling Freeth 50th 1:22:33
3rd County Sen Women
Kev Barnes 76th 1:34:28
Victoria Woodhall 78th 1:37:11
First Male Team Barry, Paul & Jake

5,000m track success for Couriers.

14 club members took part in the Herefordshire 5,000m County Track Championships on Wednesday (15th August) at Hereford Athletics Track coming away with medals and personal best performances.

The numbers at the annual 5,000m track championships were up this year on previous with athletes from clubs across the county taking on 12 and a half laps of the leisure centre track, like the 10,000m champs 2 weeks earlier windy conditions gave the runners a tough headwind along the back straight.

Barry Reynolds had a solid run out and was the first Courier to medal, picking up first place in the Vets category in 16:58 which was the overall quickest time of the evening. Ross Cameron added another silver medal to his recent 10,000m one with a good performance in the junior male category (18:58). Andy Tyler & Jake Underhill joined Barry on the vets podium with Andy picking up a Sliver (19:10) and Jake receiving a Bronze (19:28).

Becky Eversham & Izzie Seal had excellent performances recording times of 22:43 & 22:24 respectively to both pick up silver medals in the vets and senior age categories.

It was sea of red vests in the Senior Male race with Ben Skinner being the first Courier home in a personal best time of 18:08. Chris Cleary and Ryan Knight had a fight to the finishing line recording times of 19:20 and 19:22 respectively with Darren Broady (19:46) and Ryan Lawrence (19:55) dipping below 20 mins for the second time in a week. Jonathan Edward had a superb run to record a new personal best in 21:45.

Steve Herington & Kev Barnes also took part in the vets race, Steve had good warm-up run for the BMAF Champs 5,000 a week Sunday coming home in around 22mins and Kev who is still recovering from recent injuries finished in about 25mins.


Barry Reynolds 16:58
Ben Skinner 18:08 (PB)
Ross Cameron 18:58
Andy Tyler 19:10
Chris Cleary 19:20
Ryan Knight 19:22 (PB)
Jake Underhill 19:28
Darren Broady 19:46
Ryan Lawrence 19:55
Jon Edwards 21:45 (PB)
Steve Herington 22:00
Becky Eversham 22:43
Izzie Seal 23:24
Kev Barnes 25:00

Next up on the track; Herefordshire County Mile Champs – Wednesday 29th August, 7:15pm Start. 

Couriers Weekend Round-up

Only a handful of Couriers were out this weekend due to the summer holidays and only 1 or 2 local races being held.

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Mike Link took part in the Coppett Hill Fell Race on Saturday, The race was a very up and down encounter with many hills and descents along the 5.2 miles around Goodrich. Mike finished in 17th place within a strong field in 45.23, the race also offered a free burger and bottle of beer afterward – what race for the bargain price of £5.

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 17.11.02.pngA Group of Couriers visited Worcester ParkRun on Saturday morning making the most of some tourism with our local parkrun in Hereford cancelled, The Red’s visited pitcroft the home of one of the Worcester runs and with the course being super flat Couriers fancied their chances of some quick times. The Couriers performed well in a big field of close to 200. Chris Cleary finished in 5th place in 18:18 with Ben Skinner not far behind in 7th (18:23), Darren Broady and Ryan Lawrence picking up sub 20min times in 19:15 & 19:44 respectively. Kelly Marshall had a good run in 22;11 and Jonathan Edwards finished well in 22:50 with Izzie Seal stopping the clock in 23:44.

Next up; Herefordshire 5,000m track champs this Wednesday 15th, 7:15pm start (£2) & Sunday 19th Wye Valley 10 miler.


Latest Courier Cup Standings.


Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 10.31.31It’s all hotting up! Here are the contenders. I aim to present awards outside Rowing Club (weather permitting) before the main presentation.

If athletes finish on the same number of points, the one with the higher position in any of the summer league fixtures will be deemed the victor.


Position Name Points
1 Matt James 79
2 Andy Tyler 74
3 Ben Skinner 63
4 Darren Broady 61
5 Mike Link 60
6 Chris Cleary 53
7 Dave Williams 51
8 Jake Underhill 47


Position Name Points
1 Kerry Wathen 73
2 Victoria Woodhall 61
3 Clare Mallender 57
4 Aisling Freeth 55
5 Amy Smith 40
6 Becky Eversham 36
7 Kelly Murray 34

Please advise of any errors.

And good luck in the 10!


Herefordshire Summer XC league comes to a close at Westhope

Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Westhope cross country race last night, It was another hot and stick encounter with another great show of red vests around the scenic Bulmer’s orchards north of Hereford as the Summer XC league season came to a close, the event went off without any hiccups and even the organised fly-by fitted in with proceeding!

A special mention to Michael Blenkinsop for organising another great series of races & thank-you to Ludlow Runners, Wye Valley Runners and Croft Ambrey for hosting the other races in the series.

We had a number of Couriers pick up category prizes in a number of different age groups, Congratulations to Croft Ambrey who picked up the overall team prize for the series.

Please see the Couriers award winners, race results & series results below;

Name Pos Cat
Couriers ‘A’ Team 5th Overall Team
Couriers ‘B’ Team 8th Overall Team
Matt James 2nd Senior Male
Andy Tyler 2nd 45 Male
Dave Williams 1st 55 Male
Steve Herington 1st 65 Male


A few Thank-you’s firstly to Bulmer’s (Heineken) for the use of the orchards, secondly to all the helpers who set-up the course and marshalled the event and finally to all the runners who turned out to race not just last night but the series as a whole. It was a big improvement on recent years numbers and you’ve all done the Couriers proud!

The Reds are back!

Roll on the winter league! 🙂

Red’s Weekend Round-up

Another hot and humid weekend of running for the Couriers with a good group of reds ‘going on tour’ outside the county in a number of different races over Saturday and Sunday.

We had red vests on show at the Tenbury 10k, Barry Island 10k and the Llanthony fell race not forgetting some ParkRunning (both home and away) with some good solid performances to report.

A team of 4 took on the challenge of the Tenbury 10k, a very well organised local event with 200 runners taking part. The route started in the town then went out around the local villages of Berrington, Saint Michaels and Oldwood. Its good to know that Worcestershire is just as hilly as Herefordshire as the first 4 miles were very up and down before levelling out in the final 2 miles for a quick finish. Ben Skinner was the first Courier home in 15th place, 43:05. Darren Broady picked up a PB and continues to impress with a strong finish to come in 18th pace, 43:57. David Green came in 41st place in a good time of 49:54. Unfortunately Izzy Axford had to stop during the race suffering from heat stroke but she was for a guaranteed PB going with her time for the first 4 miles. We all wish Izzy a speedy recovery!

Naomi Prosser was the only Courier at the Llanthony fell race on Saturday starting just after midday. The course that is made up of 3.5 miles & 1100ft is part of the Llanthony show, starting and finishing in the show ground. The route goes out across the event field up steep farmland and onto Offa’s Dyke path then back towards Llanthony. Naomi finished in 29th place in 44:14 in tough conditions against good competition.

[PLEASE INSERT GAVIN & STACEY / BARRY ‘REYNOLDS’ ISLAND PUN HERE] 🙂 Sun, sea, and sand provide the backdrop to the Barry Island 10K, The popular race around the seaside resort is renowned for it’s varied and scenic route, unbeatable crowd support and feel-good atmosphere. Couriers Barry Reynolds, Sheryl Evans & Anna Simpkin were across the boarder representing the reds. Barry finished in a fantastic 10th place in the event in a very strong field of runners recording a time of 34:40 & also was the first +V45 man home, Sheryl  had a fine run too moving down to the shorter 10k distance finishing in 45:43 & 2nd +F50 lady. Anna Simpkin continues to run well and crossed the line full of smiles in 01:05:38.

Parkrun; Sarah Bowring & Ryan Lawrence went for a bit of ParkRun tourism this weekend Sarah visited the Forest of Dean run which consists of 2 laps of woodland paths  around Coverham Enclosure recorded a time of 32:19 & Ryan visited Colby ParkRun which is 3 laps around the National Trust Woodland Garden, near Amroth, Pembrokeshire Ryan came in 10th place in 20:58

Closer to home we had a good turnout of runners at the Hereford ParkRun, Richard Hughes picked up a Hereford ParkRun PB returning from injury in 19:32 (3rd) with the fast finishing Chris Cleary not too far behind in 4th (19:40), Nigel Clarke finished in a strong 10th place (21:32) & Ben Skinner was just behind in 11th (21:43), Jonny Williams set a new PB in 15th position (22:09) with Clare Mallender & Becky Evesham the 1st & 2nd ladies to finish in 23:44 & 24:05 respectively. Kev Barnes had a steady run in 30:42 as a warm up for the Hereford AC Track event on Sunday.

Great to see so many Couriers out the weekend, all warming up for the Cross Country race this Wednesday at Westhope of course………. 🙂

Couriers take on county 10k track challenge.

Screen Shot 2018-08-02 at 12.47.26A small group of Couriers took part in the Herefordshire 10,000m track championships last night at Hereford Leisure Centre.

The race which is made up of 25 gruelling laps of the athletics track, Runners were faced with a headwind all the way along the back straight but the reds dug-in deep to pick up medals and PB’s on the night.

Clare Mallender picked up a fantastic Sliver Medal in the race being the 2nd lady home in 46:36, Ross Cameron continues to pick up medals coming home in 42;00 to pick up Silver in the Junior Men Category. Chris Cleary and Ben Skinner worked together to pick up personal best performances with Chris recording his first sub 40 10k in 39:53 and Ben taking his best time down by another 40 seconds to 40:33. Will Maul had another good run on return from injury stopping the watch on 42:38 & Kev Barnes (who was sporting Hereford Athletics Club Colours for the evening) dug in nursing a injury to come home in 52mins.

Name Time
Chris Cleary 39:53
Ben Skinner 40:33
Ross Cameron 42:00
Will Maul 42:34
Clare Mallender 46:36
Kev Barnes 52:00

Next up on the track is the 5,000m track champs, Wednesday 15th August, 7:15pm Start. £2 entry fee. 

Next Up; Westhope XC Race, Wednesday 8th August.

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 10.24.24The next race in the Summer off-road series is the re-arranged cross country race at Westhope on Wednesday 8th August starting at 7;15pm, The Couriers are hosting the event so if you are planning to attend to race do not forget you race numbers as these last the full series, If you can help out by marshalling please let us know on our facebook page or speak to Russell James.

DIRECTIONS; The venue is sign-posted off the A4110 at Bushbank, approximately 7 miles north of Hereford.



  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of top orchard then
  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of bottom orchard then
  • 1 Lap clockwise of top orchard.

The course is undulating, mainly grassed tracks, around perimeter of orchards  (Highlighted in blue on the map below) There is a minor road crossing dividing top and bottom orchards. First aid will be on stand-by and refreshments will be available following the race.

RACE DISTANCE; 5.2 miles.

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Couriers Summer Cups: The standings so far.

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With three of the five races to count down and two to go, the leading standings in the DAVID PREECE and ALISON COOKE CUPS are as follows. Remember, first Courier home in each race gets 20 points, the next, 19 and so on.


Matt James – 60
Andy Tyler – 56
Jake Underhill – 47
Mike Link – 46
Ben Skinner – 46
Darren Broady – 45


Clare Mallender – 57
Kerry Wathen – 55
Victoria Woodhall – 44
Amy Smith – 40
Aisling Freeth – 35
Kelly Marshall – 34

So, the two shiny cups and six engraved glittering medals are still there to be fought for! Just Westhope and the County 10 miler to go. I plan to present the prizes as soon after the County 10 miler as possible (I’ll have to finish first!). lease let me know if you think I’ve made any errors.

Westhope XC is next Wednesday 8th August & the 10miler is on the 19th August Enter here.

Good luck to all you contenders.


Herefordshire Summer Cross Country League Results Race 3 – Shobdon.

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Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Shobdon cross country race last night, It was a scenic course which hopefully kept runners minds off the heat! however it was great to see so many red vests turn out again. Please see the race results below;

** Please note these results have been amended **

Thank-you to our hosts Croft Ambrey RC. for putting on a another great event.


The venue is sign-posted off the A4110 at Bushbank, approximately 7 miles north of Hereford. Please car share and park where advised.

The Course is:

  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of top orchard then
  • 1 Lap anti-clockwise of bottom orchard then
  • 1 Lap clockwise of top orchard.

Race distance is 5.2 miles.

The course is undulating, mainly grassed tracks, around perimeter of orchards. There is a minor road crossing dividing top and bottom orchards. First aid will be on stand-by and refreshments will be available following the race.