Sunday 29th December 2019 11am Start


When you’ve eaten far too much turkey, bored of the same old Christmas TV and you’ve already planned  your new year’s festivities, there can only be one thing left to do…… take part in a good old fashioned Christmas road race around the country lanes of Brienton, Herefordshire.

The Couriers have decided to take over the New Years Day 10k from our friends at Wye Valley Runners, with a bit of a date change and a new race HQ we are pleased to present the CHRISTMA10k!

Do not worry, it’s the same great course, a mildly undulating route, the course is suitable for runners of all abilities, the route will be full marked out and marshalled with a water station at the midway point & we’ve even got a festive medal for every finisher.

Everyone is welcome.

  • Race Date: Sunday 29th December 2019.
  • Starting Time: 11:00am on Great Weston Way.
  • Entries: Entry Fees: £11.00 – Affiliated / £13.00 – Unattached (£13 / £15 on the day subject to availability) Race Limit 500, Minimum age 16.
  • Venue: Hereford Rugby Club, Belvedere Lane, Hereford HR4 0PH.
  • Facilities/ Parking: Hereford Rugby Club is event HQ (50yds from start) has adequate parking (please car share where possible), changing & refreshments, Please stay for a post race festive drink. This is where race bib numbers will be collected on the day from 9am. 
  • Distance/ Terrain: 10k – Road.
  • Course Details: The route is on open roads – albeit on quiet lanes, A mildly undulating route, the course is suitable for runners of all abilities. Formally known as Wye Valley Runners New Years Day 10k, Full UK Athletics race licence, Licence number: 2019-39442.
  • Prizes: Presentations at Hereford Rugby Club around 12.30pm. Prizes in usual categories – 5 year vet age bands with one prize rule max per person. Team prize for first men’s and women’s team – 3 to count.
  • Post Race: Please join us for a festive post race drink too, the bar at the Rugby Club will be open for a friendly drink & food with your fellow finishers, why not bring the family along too!  



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 are not an official events company and are not making any money from hosting this event and all profits are going to charity. We will however do everything possible to resolve any unfortunate situation.

Any futher queries or questions please email us herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com


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As a club we should receive 1 place in the 2020 London Marathon, The club have always run a in-club ballot for runners who meet the club criteria listed below, If you wish to be considered for this place please inform Russell James via the facebook post/ messenger or via the club email address (herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.co.uk) by 31st Oct 2019.

Club Policy with regard to the Club’s London Marathon place(s)

1. The existence of any club place(s), and their number, will be circulated to the members by the Secretary as soon as information is available to the Club.

2. Initial preference will be given to those members who applied for and failed to gain a place in the London Marathon ballot.

3. Should there be more applicants than places, preference will begiven to those have not received a club place in the previous year, and who have been paid up Club members for the last 12 months.

4. If more applicants than places remain, members who, in the view of the Committee, contribute the most to the Club activities (I.e. participation in training nights, representing the Club in competition, assisting at Club promoted events etc.) will receive a place.

5. If it is still not possible to decide between two or more applicants, a draw will be held at the earliest Committee meeting to select those who will receive Club place(s)

Good luck!

Russell James – Hereford Couriers Club Secretary.

Fforest Fields Cross Country Results

Congratulations to everyone who made the trip over the FForest Fields today, Not a great turnout for the reds with so many other races going on on the same day.

Please find the results below:

A big thank-you to Builth & District RC for hosting the event.

Next up is a bit closer to home, Croft Castle on 10th November.

The Courier Winter Cups 2019-20

The Woodford Green Cup (holder, Ryan Lawrence) and The John Norton Trophy (holder, Clare Mallender) are up for grabs, together with medals for the first three men and women over the season. The competitions work like this: the first Courier home, men and women, in each of the five League cross country fixtures collects 20 points, with 19 for second and so on. The points accumulated over the season make your final score. To be in with a chance, it’s usually as well to do all five lovely races! Good luck everyone and let’s get the season underway in style at Fforest Fields!

Hereford 5k Results

A big thank you & congratulations to everyone who took part in tonight’s 5k trial race of our new course.

Please see the race results below:

A special mention to all our volunteers and helpers who made the race possible.

We really would appreciate your feedback on the evening from registration through to finishing so please look our for a survey monkey questionnaire in your email inbox over the next few days, or drop us a message at Herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com or via our facebook page.

Keep an eye out for the return of the the Hereford Couriers 5k Series in Spring 2020!

Any errors on the results please drop us an email!

Run leader course complete!

A group of our club members last weekend swapped their trainers for the classroom and headed to Stourport to complete the Leader in Running Fitness course (LiRF)

The LiRF course is designed to prepare leaders to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for young people over 12 years of age and adults of any ability, size or shape.

Congratulations to Bronwen, Jon, Ryan, Sarah & Kelly who completed the intensive 8 hour course, they learnt plenty and are looking forward to putting it into practice over the coming weeks on our Social & Clubruns.

5k Invitation race entry now open.

Entries now open to our 5k invitation race, come try our new course for FREE

📆 Weds 25th Sept
⏰ 7pm

This is how to enter ⤵️
📨Email us at herefordcouriersrunningclub@hotmail.com
with your
🎽English/Welsh athletics affiliation number.

We will respond with race details and a confirmation message that your in.

Be quick we only have 1️⃣4️⃣9️⃣ places available for this race, so entries will be on a first come first served basis. Please only enter if your available and willing to run as we want as many runners to test out our new course.

Couriers 5k news!

The return of the Hereford Couriers 5k!

Come along for our invitation race & try out our new course!

📆 Weds 25th September 
🕖 7pm
📍 Start & Finish at Hereford Racecourse (off Roman Road)
🎽 Entries on the night

Full details to follow over the next week or so!

Couriers Summer Cups: The Results.


Not only were there some fine performances across the Summer League this year, but also an incredibly close finish in the David Preece competition and a terrific turnout from Couriers over the four tough courses – 39 athletes in red, 23 men and 16 women, ran one or more races. As a team we finished 5th in a true and tough test of our mettle in local competition. It’s something to build on. Well done indeed to everyone who gave it a go. 
Thanks of course also to incomparable League supremo, Mike Blenkinsop, with invaluable help from our own Nikki Tyler. Without their efforts and those of all the club members who organised such wonderful courses, we wouldn’t get the chance to tear through the beautiful countryside so purposefully in our shorts. Here are the final standings in the Cups, 20 points for first Courier home in each race down to 1 for 20th.


  • 1st. Clare Mallender – 80 Pts
  • 2nd. Amy Smith – 74
  • 3rd. Kerry Wathen – 68
  • 4th. Aisling Freeth – 63
  • 5th. Becky Eversham – 37
  • 6th. Hannah Watkins – 32
  • 7th. Kate Morris – 31
  • 8th. Mandy Nolan – 27
  • 9th. Bronwen Tyler-Jones 25
  • 10th. Michelle Bowley – 24
  • 11th. Hollie Francis – 21
  • 12th. Izzie Seal – 19
  • 13th. Vicky Woodhall – 15
  • 14th. Sky Herington – 14
  • 15th. Bryony Dean – 12
  • 16th. Sarah Bowring – 12


  • 1st. Andy Tyler – 75pts
  • 2nd. Ben Skinner – 74
  • 3rd. Jake Underhill 71
  • 4th. Matt James 60
  • 5th. Dave Williams – 60
  • 6th. Geoff Kay – 56
  • 7th. Steve Herington – 51
  • 8th. Ryan Lawrence – 48
  • 9th. Jim Smith – 45
  • 10th. Dave Green – 43
  • 11th. Jon Edwards – 31
  • 12th. Kev Barnes – 27
  • 13th. James Cameron – 22
  • 14th. Ryan Knight – 17
  • 15th. Neil Lewis – 16
  • 16th. Kyle Dovey – 15
  • 17th. Allastaire Ballantyne – 13
  • 18th. Paul Davies – 10
  • 19th. Doug Norton – 8
  • 20th. Pete Carwardine – 7
  • 21st. Mike Link – 6
  • 22nd. Paul Gilbert – 5
  • 23rd. Steve Hobson – 4

Any mistakes let us know, Thanks Steve Herington.

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