Herefordshire Summer Cross Country Results Race 1 – High Vinnalls.

Screen Shot 2018-06-14 at 09.36.08Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the High Vinnalls, Ludlow cross country race last night. It was great to see so many red vests out on the hills. Please see the race results below;

Thank-you to Ludlow Runners for putting on a great event.

Next Up on the Summer Cross Country League: Abbey Dore, Herefordshire. 27th June (19:30)


Directions; Plenty of parking – with a short walk to the start, so please arrive in plenty of time. The roads here were built for horses, not cars, so please drive carefully. A465from Hereford to Abergavenny. Turn right opposite Wormbridge church, sign posted Abbey Dore. Continue and straight over crossroads to T junction, then follow the arrows.


Weekend Racing Roundup.

Couriers we’re out in numbers over the weekend making the most of the sunshine getting plenty of miles under their belts, a great way to warm up for the upcoming cross country league.

Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 22.40.21Will Maul had a busy Saturday & Sunday taking part in the Race to the Tower, 2 Marathons in 2 days, an incredible achievement recording 4:29:19 on day one & 4:43:04 on day 2 to finish in 3rd place overall.

Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 22.35.07Mike Link took on the Saslong Half Marathon, A challenging trail run in the Dolomites coming in a fine 141th pace in a time of 2:21:52.95.

Kev Barnes took on Man versus Horse, Running 3rd leg of the team race. where runners compete against riders on horseback.

10 Red Vests were on display at the Magic Roundabout ahilly scenic 10k run hosted by Hay Hotfooters, Matt James came runner up in the race in a superb time of 38:45, Ross Cameron had another impressive run coming in 5th place 41:57 with new recruit Darren Broady having a excellent run to be the 3rd red vest home in 47:23 (24th) Steve Herington rolled back the years and showed his experience on the hills to be the first V65 man home in 49:58 (35th) Ryan Lawrence had his first taster of off roading recorded a solid 50:07 (37th) Ben Skinner was the next Red passed the line in 51:01 (41st), Kelly Murray (Soon to be Kelly Marshall) was the first lady home in 53:00 (58th) with Lisa Ruck close behind in 53:33 (61st) also picking up the first V40 prize. Kev Barnes made it 2 races in 2 days but was missing his fly swatter 55:27 (71st) & it was great to see Izzy Axford make her Couriers debut coming home in 01:03:18 (116th)

Hawkes & Taylor triumph in Couriers 5k Series

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 10.30.18It was series wins for Stuart Hawkes & Alice Taylor as the annual Hereford Couriers 5k series came to a close on Wednesday evening. The Tipton Harriers athlete Hawkes won all 3 races of the series clocking up impressive times of 15:25, 15:17 & 15:25 with Alex Lee (Cheltenham Harriers) coming runner up with Eliot Taylor (Cheltenham Harriers) in 3rd. In the women’s race it was a great set of runs for Taylor who runs for Cheltenham Harriers winning all 3 races 18:00, 17:43 & 18:01, Chloe Wheeler (Forest of Dean) came in 2nd place with Kelly Bowen (Croft Ambrey) picking up 3rd place.

The Wednesday night spring series saw a rise in entries this year with a strong field of competition helping many of the runners record personal best performances on the speedy course.

Stuart tweeted saying “Finished the #Hereford5k series with a win last night. A fast course and a strong field of runners, perfect sharpener for my summer race targets. Thank you @HfdCouriersRC”

Alice who was pleased with the series win said “I enjoy the Hereford 5km series as its a quick, local course that seems to attract some good athletes, predominately in the men’s field. It is always well coordinated with supportive and helpful marshals and race organisers. It’s always a pleasure to race there and hopefully see you again next year!”

Congratulations to all the age category winners check out the full series results below; 

Overall 1st Stuart Hawkes Tipton Harriers
2nd Alex Lee Cheltenham Harriers
3rd Eliot Taylor Cheltenham Harriers
JM U15 1st Scott Jones Croft Ambrey
2nd Matthew Brunnock Hereford & County AC
JM U17 1st Alec Harper Croft Ambrey
2nd Jason Smith Kidderminster & Stourport
JM U20 1st Ross Cameron Hereford Couriers
M40 1st Mark Thomas Croft Ambrey
M45 1st Paul Jones Hereford Couriers
M50 1st Leonardo Taggio Worcester AC
M55 1st Ian Smith Forest of Dean
M60 1st Michael Strange Forest of Dean
M65 1st Ashley Robinson Croft Ambrey
M70 1st Pete Smith Wye Valley Runners
M75 1st Brian Symonds Wye Valley Runners
Overall 1st Alice Taylor Cheltenham Harriers
2nd Chloe Wheeler Forest of Dean
3rd Kelly Bowen Croft Ambrey
JF U15 1st Charlotte Broadhurst Kidderminster & Stourport
F35 1st Lisa Ruck Hereford Couriers
F40 1st Clare Mallender Hereford Couriers
F45 1st Bronwen Tyler-Jones Hereford & County AC
F50 1st Lynne Compton Wye Valley Runners
F55 1st Lynne Park Forest of Dean
F60 1st Beryl Sampson Gloucester AC
1st Male Team Cheltenham Harriers
1st Female Team Forest of Dean

See the full series results here; 

Hereford Couriers 5k Series Race 3, 2018 Results.

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 10.30.18Well done to all athletes for taking part in the third & final race of our three race 5k series, Age category winners to follow.

Race 3 Results are now available here: Hereford Couriers 5k Series 2018; Race 3 Results.

Any queries on the above should only be sent to our club e-mail address: where they will be checked out and
amended as necessary when results are finalised.

Congratulations to everyone who took part & thank-you to our army of volunteers who supported & made the series happen.

Race 1 & 2 results can be found here;

We look forward to seeing you all next year for another speedy series.


Couriers take over Hereford ParkRun

Hereford Couriers had a fantastic Saturday morning taking over Hereford ParkRun on 2nd June, The free weekly 5k is ran by volunteers and we thought we’d give something back to our local ParkRun as many of the Couriers use it as part of training by supplying all the volunteers to give some of the regular ones a well deserved weekend off.


We even put some pacemakers on for the event giving runners targets for 22, 25, 28 & 30mins finishes with many positive comments by runners. Barbara from Hereford ParkRun said “Many thanks to all who helped today, There was a great atmosphere and I heard several people saying how much they appreciated the pacers, It was really nice for the core team of volunteers to take advantage and take part in running themselves for a change”.

A Big thank-you to all Couriers who volunteered & supported the event 🙂

See all the pictures of the event from Beverley Bishop & Barry Reynolds on Hereford Couriers Flickr page here; Hereford ParkRun Takeover 02/06/18

Find out more about Hereford ParkRun a free weekly 5k every Saturday 9am from Hereford Leisure Centre here;

5k Series Race 3: One week to go

5kseriesIt’s just one week to go until the 3rd & final race of the Spring Hereford Couriers 5K Series 2018, you still have time to enter for just £8.00 (£10.00 unattached)

Race 3 – Wednesday 6th June.

The race starts at 7.15pm including wheelchair athletes (with 2 support runners)


Venue: Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford. HR4 9UD.

PLEASE NOTE: This year’s entry fee again remains at £8.00 (£10.00 unattached) but entry is in advance only. STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON THE NIGHT. You can still enter for the race here:



Couriers out in force for the Croc’RED’ile 8

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27 reds took part in the Crocodile8 this weekend, a 8.8mile race starting from Burghill School across a hilly and challenging multi-terrain course of road, grass & plenty of mud, not forgetting those steps, yes those steps slap bang in the middle!

After a morning of torrential showers the sun made an appearance just in time for the race to begin & the sea of red to get going!

Barry Reynolds was the first Courier past the line finishing in 2nd place in 57:35 (Also 1st M45) finishing behind winner & former Courier Eliot Taylor, Matt James got himself onto the podium finishing in 3rd place in a great time 58:07, Ross Cameron continues to impress and was our 3rd team member home in 1:02:44 to pick up the team prize!

Couriers Tim Taylor & Nikki Tyler had fine runs picked up awards in V55 Men & V45 Female categories adding to some great performances club by members old & new. A fantastic well organised event with encouraging number of reds & great preparation for the Hereford Cross Country League races starting next month!

Onto the final 5k Series race next week we go………….


Continue reading “Couriers out in force for the Croc’RED’ile 8”


Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 05.40.54There’s some great racing to come this summer and the good news is that the 4 Summer Herefordshire Off Road fixtures are ALL FREE (every participating Club making a contribution) and on great testing courses throughout the County. The distance for each is around or just over 5 miles so not as long (or tarmacy) as the Croc8. The races are on Wednesday evenings at fortnightly intervals beginning 13 June.

Scoring is based on teams of 6 which must include at least 2 women, so usually, it is first 4 men and first 2 women from each club. There are medals for the series (you have to do at least 3 of the races to count) first 3 women and men and the first 3 in each 5 year category, as well as the overall team award.

In addition, Couriers are initiating their own competition within a competition similar to that run over the winter cross country season. This will be for the DAVID PREECE CUP for men and for the ALISON COOKE CUP for women, with medals for the first 3 in each.

Both competitions will work as follows: in each qualifying race (i.e the 4 Summer League fixtures + the County 10 mile road race) the first Courier home will gain 20 points, the 2nd 19 and so on. Points are totted up over the 5 races to give the overall positions. To be in with a chance you really need to do all 5.

I plan to present cups and medals at the Rowing Club following the 10 miler (before the main presentation)

Please make a note of the fixtures. Further details will be given nearer the time and, no doubt, the respective women’s and men’s captains, LISA RUCK and KEVIN BARNES will be in touch to get our strongest teams out. Lifts to venues will be available.

Let’s make these fixtures as red as the Croc. What a great addition the new red Couriers tent is!


– WED 13 JUNE 7:15pm; Summer League, High Vinnals (Ludlow) 
– WED 27 JUNE 7:30pm; Summer League, Abbey Dore (Golden Valley)
– WED 11 JULY: 7:30pm; Summer League, Westhope. (Fixture put on by the Couriers)
– WED 24 JULY: 7:30pm; Summer League, Shobdon. (Followed by league presentations)
– SUN 19 AUG; 10:00am; County 10 mile Champs, Enter here! Hosted by Wye Valley Runners. 


Couriers shine in the sun at Run Hereford.

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It was a Super Sunday at St Michaels Hospice Run Hereford event this weekend for the Couriers who were out in force recording fantastic times in hot conditions as prizes were won & personal bests tumbled!

It was all smiles in the sun for Couriers Kerry Wathen, Jim Smith, Steve Herington & Russell James as they picked up the team prize for the 10k, Paul Jones ran a superb time of 03:12:50 in the Marathon coming in 3rd place, Barry Reynolds continues to impress with a fine 2nd place (1st V45) recording a time of 01:13:50 in the half Marathon as Russell James continues to regain his form finishing 1st V50 in the 10k (5th overall) in a time of 38:52.

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Full Marathon
3 Paul Jones 03:12:50
13 William Maul 03:43:17

Half Marathon
2 Barry Reynolds 01:13:50
7 Matthew James 01:19:44
13 Ross Cameron 01:24:01 (PB)
25 David Williams 01:31:25
37 Jake Underhill 01:35:47 (PB)
40 Ben Skinner 01:36:13 (PB)
87 Clare Mallender 01:45:13
92 Suzette Botha 01:45:48
100 Kelly Murray 01:47:03
109 Lisa Ruck 01:48:20
122 David Green 01:50:09
150 Kevin Barnes 01:54:54
235 Neil Lewis 02:05:06

5 Russell James 00:38:52
25 Steve Herington 00:44:48
29 Jim Smith 00:45:28
37 Peter Carwardine 00:46:05
56 Philip Jones 00:47:36 (New Courier)
47 Kerry Wathen 00:46:40
90 Jonathan Edwards 00:49:45 (New Courier)
102 Isabella Seal 00:49:50
175 Kyle Secker 00:54:45 (New Courier)
166 Sarah Godwin 00:54:08
274th Anna Simpkin 00:58:45 (New Courier)
302 Sky Herington 01:01:17
*New Courier only joining during the week; 26th Ryan Lawrence 00:44:53*

See the full results here: Run Hereford Results

Plenty of pictures of the day can be found on the St Michael’s Hospice Facebook Page

A proud day to be a red & great to see our new recruits Phil, Kyle, Anna, Ryan & Jon in the couriers vest taking part! A great day for Herefordshire Running thank you to St Michael’s Hospice & all the volunteers for organising a great event.

Onto Croc8 we go…………



Donation made to Longtown Mountain Rescue.

Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 10.34.33The Couriers recently made a donation of £50 to Longtown Mountain Rescue from the receipts from Hatterall Hammer in recognition of Mike Fawcett’s awesome performance in the Spine Challenge.

Graeme Adkin Treasurer of Longtown Mountain Rescue Team said “We rely on donations such as the one you have given us.  We bought our new vehicle this year, but it won’t be too long before we have to fork out for a new one to replace our land rover, so all funds are gratefully received thank you”.