AGM

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hi all,

Please note the following…

HEREFORD COURIERS AGM 2017

To be held at:

HEREFORD LEISURE CENTRE – UPSTAIRS MEETING ROOM

On:

THURSDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 at 7.30PM (note slightly earlier time)

With:

FREE LIGHT REFRESHMENTS 🍪☕️

AGENDA

1) Report from Chairman
2) Votes for Awards
3) Report from Treasurer
4) Election of Club Committee and Officers
5) Membership, Subscriptions and Affiliations
6) Club Virgin Marathon Place
7) 2017 Races promoted by Club
8) Any other Business

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Your vote will decide 🏆🏆🏆!!

There will be a training run starting at 5.30pm from the Leisure Centre – All welcome – meet in the cafe area around 5.20pm 🏃🏃‍♀️See you there!!!

Clive Rowberry
Club Secretary

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The race is on…

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Race Is On…
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Clive Rowberry
Mon 23/01/2017 18:52
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STANDINGS IN WOODFORD GREEN CUP AND JOHN NORTON TROPHY GOING INTO FINAL RACE

These two awards are contested by club members each year over the five races of the Herefordshire Winter League. Their object is to recognise performance and consistency across the tough winter Series.
The men compete for the Woodford Green Cup, the first Courier home in each race gaining 20 points, the next 19 and so on, with the totals totted up after the final race. It is similar for the women in respect of the John Norton Trophy, with 10 points for first home in each race, 9 for second and so on. In addition to the perpetual trophies awarded to the two winners, medals are presented to the first three men and women. Presentations at the AGM.

Going into Presteigne this year, the standings are as follows:

WOODFORD GREEN CUP

1.Russ……………72
2.Mike…………….61
3.Matt…………….55
4.Kev……………..51
5.Ross……………44
6.Richie………….44
7.Eliot…………….40
8.Charlie…………38
JOHN NORTON TROPHY

1.Amy……………29
2 Naomi………….10
3.Emily…………..9
4 Issie……………9

Please let me know if you think there are any errors.

Steve Herington

Couriers shine in County Champs

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Great results in the Herefordshire X-C Champs, with our senior male team taking gold and our vets’ male team silver. There were also some fantastic individual performances, with a further two golds and a silver collected. Tom Grady began his Couriers’ career taking the County 10,000m Champs in 2015 and at Monkhall he secured the coveted title of X-C Champion. In the junior competition, this is precisely what young Ross Cameron achieved in his very first season with Couriers. Huge congratulations to both.
In the Senior event, Tom was pushed hard all the way by perennial medal winner, Matt James, taking a fine silver this time. The regular inflow of cups and medals means that in order to accommodate his growing number of trophy cabinets, poor Matt is forced to keep moving house. But don’t slow down please, Matt. Individually, a mention should also be made of Naomi Prosser, who was fourth senior woman, just missing out on bronze, with Amy Smith, close up in 5th.
Completing the men’s senior team and carrying home his first shiny gold county medal was Sam Goodchild, another great addition to the squad this season. The silver-haired winners of the old fellows’ silver medals comprise a posse of former Courier stars, with Russell 5th, Richie 7th, and Dave 8th, with Mike Link the unlucky one to miss out in 9th. No medal this year either for Kev who, in 2016, was probably the most effective anchor the team has ever had.

SLIPPING AND SLIDING INTO 2017

In a race over soft and slippery ground that Mike Blenkinsop dedicated to the memory of the recently departed and much lamented Mick Ligema, Couriers were not at full strength but still performed well. It was mild with the drizzle clearing before the start. The men took 3rd spot remaining close-up 4th over the Series while we had two women in the top 12 but no third runner to clinch what would surely have been a decent team score. County Champs results are not to hand but with Welshmen in front of them on the day, both Tom and Matt have surely won county medals.

Without Eliot or Charlie, it was left to marathon man Tom to lead the Couriers’ charge and he took an exceptionally fine 6th place, only just over a minute behind winner Tim Davies. The ever consistent Matt finished strongly in 7th with the redoubtable Russ 21st and yet again 1st V50 and Sam a fine 26th. We swept the board in the V50 stakes, Richie coming home 28th and 2nd in the category and Dave 34th and 3rd. The course suited a tough guy like Mike who is beginning to recapture some of his old form and he was 41st ahead of 1st junior man, Ross in 48th whose natural speed was somewhat neutralised by the sticky conditions but who battled all the way. It won’t be long before he is right up there. As ever, Kev charged across the pasture, this time putting bullocks to flight and breaking a stile, coming home in 82nd with strained hamstring and a punctured ankle holster.

Doesn’t a red vest suit Naomi? On her X-C debut for Couriers she ran a strong race to finish an excellent 10th, with Amy not far behind also battling well in 12th. We have a good group of female runners now. Let’s hope we can again field a full team in the summer league.

But before then there is Presteigne, final race in the winter series, 5/2/17.

Steve Herington

5km Series 2017

Posted: January 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hereford Couriers 5km Series 2017

Race 1………………………..WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL

Race 2………………………..WEDNESDAY 3rd  MAY  All starting at 7.15pm  (BUT NB

Race 3………………………..WEDNESDAY 7th JUNE                  WHEELCHAIR RACE TO START 6.15)

VENUE: HEREFORD LEISURE CENTRE, HOLMER ROAD, HEREFORD HR4 9UD.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS YEAR THE ENTRY FEE IS PEGGED AT £8.00 (£10.00 unattached) BUT ENTRY IS IN ADVANCE ONLY.      STRICTLY NO ENTRY ON THE NIGHT.       ENTER ONLINE OR BY POST.

ENTRY IS FOR THE SERIES AS A WHOLE ONLY. NO INDIVIDUAL RACE ENTRIES. IF YOU WANT TO DO ONLY ONE RACE, YOU MUST STILL ENTER FOR THE SERIES AND DO SO AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE PARTICULAR RACE/RACES YOU ARE DOING.

Please see link to entry form: 5k-15

Herefordshire XC League – Race 3: Rotherwas

REDS TURN UP THE HEAT AT FROSTY ROTHERWAS

On a sunny bright morning with thick frost covered ground there was confusion and unease, “Where are the hill’s?”, we heard people say “there’s none..” replied Russ, as the Wednesday night group grinned. Organised fantastically by Hereford Triathlon Club, 3 laps, each 2.2 miles of pan flat hard terrain awaited the race goers, providing a welcoming contrast to Croft.

The race began with a tentative start, heads turning as to see who would take on the initial pace as we lined out into single file along the river bank. It was no surprise to see Tim Davies, swapping duties with Jon Pugh lead a pack, including Eliot and with Charlie just adrift, both full of confidence after setting 5km PB’s in Bristol midweek. Another lap down the pace began to creep up, breaking up the original pack now down to Eliot and Robin (Builth) as they turned along the river bank for the last time. The long straight opened up a gap between the two and Eliot came home 35s clear. Charlie flew home in 6th, relishing the flat fast course and gaining on those in the original lead pack, shortly followed by vest biter Matt in 8th, with Russ completing the team in 12th and first V50 by 70s!

Another strong performance by young Ross Cameron (23rd) just sneaking home under the 42 minute to edge out Richie Richards in 25th. It’s great to see Ross progressing at this stage of the season and grinding out those tough midweek sessions. Mike Link built upon his performance from the last outing and also has rediscovered his racing legs after last Sunday’s Howling Bull race. Brilliant to see Chris Clearly proudly wearing the red vest once more, while the not so light footed Kev ensured the frozen puddles were well and truly crushed, finishing in 78th.

Unfortunately no complete ladies team this time around but top running from Amy battling up the field 11th, while Dad looked on (Come on Pete!). Issie made her league debut and looked to having far too much fun skipping over the icy ground in 48th!

Merry Christmas Reds!

Next league race and County Champs: Monkhall – 8th Jan.

 

 

 

FANTASTIC MEN’S TEAM VICTORY AT CROFT

After our dismal showing in the first race at Fforest Fields only 3 weeks before, it was really uplifting to record a men’s team victory at Croft and to see so many new recruits performing so well. And this was in a record field (129) for the League and where there was keen competition. But let me first welcome and congratulate our debutants, all of whom put in excellent performances. Sam Goodchild was our 5th man home in 25th with young Ross Cameron next, not far back in 42nd for 1st Junior Man. In 47th, making his third debut, I estimate, for Couriers was the old warhorse Richie Richards easing himself through for 8th Courier just in front of Paul Workman who had a very solid run in 49th with our fifth new man, Shawn Curtis taking a gutsy 114th place with a good chunk of the field behind him. FIVE new male Couriers in one race and one new female, Emily Curtis, coming home an impressive 48th out of 80 (another League Record) in the women’s race, I don’t think that’s happened before! Well done, all!
The scoring 4 in the men’s event were led home by Eliot who had recorded a fine 10K PB of 33.14 in the previous week’s Leeds Abbey Dash. Here he had another great run taking a tremendous 3rd spot behind Tim Davies and Jonny Pugh with Charlie racing strongly for 7th, beating Matt in 9th for the first time over the country. But what an effort to have 3 in the top 10 in such a classy field! And talking of class, our 4th scorer was inevitably Russ who took a fine 14th spot and 1st M50. In all we had 13 men featuring, Mike getting the better of Richie in 46th, Dave coming back from illness in 58th, Steve 61st (2nd V65) and Kev a stonking 93rd.
Sadly, we again failed to put out a women’s team but it was good to see Amy keeping Emily company and impressing in a strong 13th place, inevitably making her dad wonder why he wasn’t running too.
Let’s hope in the next race there will be a women’s team and that the men continue to climb the League  improving on the 5th spot we’re now in.